West Ham edge closer to signing Lucas Paqueta

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By Martin Graham | 27th Aug 2022

West Ham are making progress in their pursuit of Lucas Paqueta. Personal terms should not be a problem as the Hammers are yet to agree on a fee with Lyon.

With less than a week to the end of the summer transfer market, clubs are making frantic efforts to conclude all transactions. Many names still have links to different clubs, with the clubs having little time to finish the deals.

The Premier League has made the most signings in Europe’s top five leagues this summer and clubs are unrelenting in their pursuit of quality players to boost their squads. With the season underway, managers are keen to plug the holes in their team.

West Ham have already made several signings this summer but still want to sign another player. The Hammers have been on the tail of Lyon midfielder Lucas Paqueta but have not made headway in the negotiations for the player. David Moyes is keen to add Paqueta to the list of West Ham signings this summer after adding just one midfielder.

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West Ham hopeful of Paqueta transfer

West Ham have their eyes on Brazilian midfielder Lucas Paqueta. Moyes has kept tabs on the midfielder throughout the summer and wants the deal to be concluded quickly. Transfer insider ExWHUemployee reported in early August that West Ham could seal a deal if Lyon drop their asking price.

It has been a tug of war for the Hammers looking to add some creativity to their midfield. With the situation hanging precariously, West Ham made a €40m (£33.75m) offer for the Brazilian, which Lyon rejected. Things have moved very quickly as both clubs are close to an agreement for the Brazilian.

According to Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth, personal details should not be a problem in the negotiations. It is a positive sign for West Ham as they hope to reach a deal.

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Big summer for West Ham

The chances of the Paqueta deal happening are hopeful, so it is still fingers crossed for West Ham.

It has been a big summer for the Hammers. The East London side has spent big on signings this summer for several players. The club has seen the arrival of Gianluca Scamacca (Sassuolo), Nayef Aguerd (Stade Rennes), Maxwell Cornet (Burnley) and Thilo Kehrer (PSG). Emerson (Chelsea) and Flynn Downes (Swansea) were also signed this summer. The Hammers have not held back in splashing the cash this summer.

The new signings at West Ham have not helped their fortunes much as the club has made a terrible start to the Premier League season. West Ham are at the bottom of the log after garnering no points from their opening three games.

David Moyes has big worries on his hand as his strikers are yet to get off the mark this season. He needs his strikers to start scoring, and it probably explains why he desperately wants to sign Paqueta, who contributed to 18 goals in all competitions last season.

Martin Graham is an MFF sports writer

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