West Ham United officials have flown to Rome today to discuss a potential deal for Felipe Anderson with Lazio, according to Italian newspaper Il Messaggero.

The Hammers have been linked with the talented Brazilian attacker over the last ten days, with Manuel Pellegrini keen to bolster the squad he has inherited.

West Ham have options in attacking midfield but with Manuel Lanzini’s serious injury on international duty, an extra trusted option in the final third would be welcome.

Anderson has impressed over recent years with Lazio and as such would be quite the coup if he ended up with the Irons.

The Italian newspaper suggest that Lazio chief Claudio Lotito is open to selling the South American and that West Ham have already made an opening offer of €30 million (£26.4 million) for the former Santos playmaker.

This offer is said to have included other bonuses on top of a basic fee, but the Serie A side have rejected it.

The report goes on to suggest the Premier League side will bid €35 million (£30.8m) in an attempt to convince Lazio to sell.

West Ham fans are desperate to see exciting new players arrive at the club this summer and securing a deal for Anderson would be an excellent start.