West Ham have agreed a deal to sign Lyon midfielder Lucas Paqueta.
French club Lyon had rejected two bids for the Brazilian midfielder, but talks continued into Thursday night and had reached an advanced stage by Friday morning.
Paqueta, who played in the Europa League against West Ham last season, had three years left on his contract with Lyon.
More to follow.
“Paqueta can be a real asset for West Ham”
South American football expert Tim Vickery:
“Lucas Paqueta is a very classy player. He would be a wonderful asset for West Ham and the Premier League because it has a real left-wing class. He is an elegant attacking midfielder. It’s so versatile. I’ve seen him play in Brazil and play three different positions in the same game reasonably well.
“He’s really an attacking midfielder, but he can also play up front. You can play him as a full-back and deeper in midfield, although there’s a problem as he can sometimes give the ball away too close of his own goal because he is showboating.
“That’s the only potential problem with him, and that’s why he’s been linked with West Ham without having lived up to AC Milan’s expectations.
“There’s a bit of a petulant schoolboy about him. He would be a human-management challenge for David Moyes. When you look at Brazil, he’s an automatic choice. He’s got a sweet thing about Neymar.
“The pair are on the same wavelength and if he can form some sort of similar relationship with those around him at West Ham, he can be a real asset to the club.”
Meanwhile, talks continue with Club Brugge over the signing of the Belgian midfielder Hans Vanaken.
There is still a gap in valuation. Vanaken, who turned 30 on Wednesday, wants to come but West Ham are prepared to walk away from the deal if the asking price does not drop.
West Ham are also looking at other options, including Atalanta Ruslan Malinovskyi. The Hammers are watching Conor GallagherChelsea’s situation. If he is allowed to leave, West Ham are very keen to do a deal.
David Moyes is determined to strengthen his squad after speaking of his frustrations in the transfer market, with his side currently bottom of the Premier League after three defeats in their opening three games.
It is their worst start to a season in 51 years and they are also the only team in the four divisions yet to score a goal.
Speaking after the Brighton defeat, Moyes, who started with £30million striker Gianluca Scamacca on the bench again, said: “I’m worried but I have to sleep with people too.
“We don’t have everything in place. We hope our quality will show in the coming weeks.
“The alarm bell is too loud. We finished seventh, then sixth, and we take positives from it. We lost a little bit. We have to get away from that position.
“Last year we were one of the top scorers. But we are struggling a bit to get goals. We are aware that we are not as free as we have been.”
There are also problems at the back with Kurt Zouma and new signing Thilo Kehrer guilty of both goals.
“I slept on it, because I don’t think Thilo was ready to start the game,” added Moyes.
“He made the wrong decision to go to ground for the penalty. We gave the ball away terribly. They countered. If he had stayed on his feet, he probably would have seen it out.
“I probably wouldn’t have started Thilo if we were in a better place or if we had other means available.”
West Ham sign Emerson Palmieri
West Ham have signed Italian left-back Emerson Palmieri from Chelsea on a four-year deal.
The 28-year-old has signed a long-term deal with the Hammers that will keep him at the London Stadium until the summer of 2026, with an option for a further year.
Emerson becomes Moyes’ seventh summer signing and makes the move to London after winning the Champions League and Europa League during his four years at Stamford Bridge.
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