Cruzeiro confirm Wellington Paulista to join West Ham on loan

The Brazilian club have revealed that they have accepted a temporary deal for the striker as the Hammers bolster their attacking options further in the January window
Brazilian side Cruzeiro have confirmed that forward Wellington Paulista will join West Ham on loan after the two clubs agreed a deal.

Cruzeiro's director of football Alexandre Mattos has confirmed on the club's official website that terms have been agreed and that the player is on his way to London for a medical.

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Mattos spoke highly of the 28-year old, praising his professionalism and loyalty to the Brazilian side and claiming he still has a future with the club.

"Cruzeiro is grateful to Wellington, and the great professional that he is," Mattos said.

"The players always honoured this club, and we like him very much. He has the club's doors open for the future."

Paulista has scored 19 goals in all competitions so far this campaign and will add to manager Sam Allardyce's striking options.

The Hammers have been busy in the transfer window so far having already signed Joe Cole from Liverpool and Marouane Chamakh from Arsenal.