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West Ham hopes to close club record £50.8m deal for Lyon star Lucas Paqueta

West Ham are hoping to finalize the £50.8million signing of Lyon midfielder Lucas Paqueta after his medical on Sunday.

The Brazilian, who will sign a five-year contract, was set to fly to London on Saturday night after West Ham agreed a £36.4 million fee and a further £14.4 million in bonuses.

The news comes after weeks of speculation about the former AC Milan midfielder’s future, with West Ham turning down several lower bids before the deal was reached.

 

Brazilian midfielder Lucas Paqueta is going to West Ham from Lyon for five years

Brazilian midfielder Lucas Paqueta is going to West Ham from Lyon for five years

West Ham boss David Moyes has brought in seven newcomers so far this summer

West Ham boss David Moyes has brought in seven newcomers so far this summer

The news comes as a coup for Hammers fans, with Paqueta having won 33 caps for his native Brazil and it looks like he will appear for Tite’s side at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Paqueta made his international debut for the Selecao in 2018 and was part of the Brazilian squad that won the Copa Libertadores on home soil the following year.

Paqueta will be West Ham’s eighth signing this summer if they get a deal across the line.

David Moyes has also bolstered his defense with goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, centre-back Nayef Aguerd and Thilo Kehrer and full-back Emerson Palmieri, while Gianluca Scamacca and Maxwel Cornet have come on the attack.

Bruges captain Hans Vanaken is also a transfer target for the East London club

Bruges captain Hans Vanaken is also a transfer target for the East London club

The boss of Hammers also wants to add the Bruges captain Hans Vanaken before the end of the transfer window.

Brugge have so far turned down West Ham’s offers of around £11million and say they don’t want to sell their captain, but the 30-year-old has asked to leave because he thinks this is his last chance to play in the Premier League to play.

Vanaken has spent his entire senior career in his native Belgium, winning five league titles during his seven-year stint with Bruges.

. Source: Dailymail

 

 

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