West Ham are set to safe the companies of Lyon ahead Lucas Paqueta after bidding £34million for the star.
The 24-year-old, who has additionally beforehand been linked with a transfer to Arsenal, Newcastle United, Manchester United and Metropolis, would turn out to be the Hammers’ eighth signing of the summer season.
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West Ham are understood to be in superior talks with Paqueta and his representatives in hope of securing his signature.
“I received’t discuss him however I can inform you we’ve bid for him,” confirmed supervisor David Moyes.
“He’s 23, has 30 Brazil caps and might play as a ten eight or as a false 9.
“I believe his pedigree is absolutely good.”
A bid of £34m has been submitted by the East London membership, with now a payment and private phrases nonetheless but to be finalised.
Having joined Lyon in 2020, the Brazil worldwide has managed 18 objectives in 67 Ligue 1 appearances.
He additionally has 33 caps to his identify at worldwide stage, and he’s anticipated to be a part of his nation’s squad for the World Cup in Qatar in November.
Rio de Janiero-born Paqueta, got here via the youth ranks of boyhood membership Flamengo, earlier than signing for AC Milan in 2019.
A key goal for Arsenal, he’s near the Gunners’ director of soccer Edu, who beforehand labored with Paqueta with the Brazil nationwide workforce.
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“I’m very respectful once I discuss Lucas,” Edu beforehand stated.
“I’m a man who likes him rather a lot, I’ve at all times preferred him, since my time with Brazil’s nationwide workforce.
“He’s had an incredible season, he was thought-about the perfect [overseas] participant within the French league.”
It stays to be see if Arsenal additionally make a transfer for the star, or the Hammers get their man.
West Ham have already secured the companies of Gianluca Scamacca, Maxwel Cornet, Flynn Downes, Alphonse Areola, Nayef Aguerd, Emerson Palmeiri and Thilo Kehrer this summer season, with Paqueta subsequent in line.
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