Wellington Paulista may not be a well-known name to most English football supporters, but he is soon hoping to change that soon.

The 29-year-old joined West Ham United on loan until the end of the season from Brazilian Serie A club Cruzeiro on Friday, having enjoyed a prolific 2012 that saw him net 28 goals in 40 appearances.

The forward, who becomes just the second Brazilian to sign for the Hammers after compatriot Araujo Ilan in 2010, told whufc.com and West Ham TV that he is hoping to make a big impact in a claret and blue shirt and could appear for the Development Squad in Monday's Development Squad game with Arsenal.

Wellington Paulista, welcome to West Ham United! What are your emotions on joining the Hammers?

WP - "Thank you. I am really happy to be here at West Ham United. Everyone has been very kind to me since I have been at the club this week. I think I can do my best here and I am coming to England to prove to everyone that I am one of the best strikers in Brazil and to get better and better."

Supporters will have seen your goals on YouTube, but what other qualities will you bring to West Ham United?

WP - "I am strong, I am a fighter and I can score with both feet. I run a lot on the pitch and I can play as either as first or second striker."

You have played at the very highest level in Brazil, including the final of the Copa Libertadores in 2009, so will you feel pressure in the Barclays Premier League?

WP - "The pressure will not be a problem for me because I am used to it from my time in Brazil, where the fans were really addicted to the club. The manager also put pressure on the players too, so it will be the same playing here. What I am interested in is the passion of the supporters for their team, the way they keep going with the club and the way they make the players perform better."

You scored on your debut for Alaves against Barcelona in the Camp Nou in January 2007, so can you rise to any challenge?

WP - "It is a pity that we lost that game because it was my first match for Alaves against Barcelona in the Camp Nou. As soon as I scored that goal I thought 'I am a star' because it was my first goal in my first game in Europe. I was really young and had come from a really small team in Brazil so that goal was so important for my whole career."

A lot of Brazilians are playing in the Barclays Premier League - do you know any of them and do you hope to emulate their success?

WP - "I know Ramires very well. We are very good friends because we played together for Cruzeiro. I also talked to some of the others. The best thing for me is to adapt to England, to the language and to the style of play of West Ham. I want to get to know my team-mates better and be adapted within three months."

What do you know about West Ham United?

WP - "I didn't know much because the highlights of the Premier League have not been shown on Brazilian television for very many years. I have been working on my form and my fitness, but I also want to learn about the history of the club and the old players and coaches and everybody."

Do you feel ready to play immediately?

WP - "I have not played since the Brazilian Premier League finished at the start of December and I had been on holiday for three weeks. I am prepared to do all the training as best as I can so I will be available for selection by the coach as soon as possible. I also know that I need to be stronger as the game here is based more on strength than it is in Brazil, but I will be ready."

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