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West Ham sign Brazilian striker Wellington Paulista

Published on Jan 12, 2013 6:29 AM

LONDON (AFP) - West Ham on Friday signed Brazilian forward Wellington Paulista on loan from Cruzeiro until the end of the season.

Wellington had been a long-term target for Hammers manager Sam Allardyce and the Premier League club have an option to sign him on a three-year contract if his loan spell proves successful.

The 28-year-old, who has yet to make his Brazil debut, finished last season as Cruzeiro's top scorer with 27 goals and has also played for the likes of Santos, Botafogo and Palmeiras during a much-travelled career.

Wellington is Allardyce's fourth January signing following deals for Joe Cole, Sean Maguire and Marouane Chamakh.

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