South American football expert Tim Vickery says showboater Lucas Paqueta is petulant at times and will test David Moyes but West Ham fans should be excited.

Reports abound yesterday that West Ham are in talks to sign Brazilian playmaker Paqueta from Lyon (Sky Sports).

A report from L’Equipe overnight claimed an initial bid worth around £40m had been rejected by Lyon with West Ham and the Ligue 1 side they knocked out of last season’s Europa League around £8m apart in terms of the fee.

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Moyes took the highly unusual step of confirming West Ham have bid for Paqueta in his pre-Viborg press conference.

And there was encouraging news on the potential deal overnight after a ‘key West Ham insider’ claimed the club are confident of a compromise with Lyon.

There was further encouragement on Thursday when 90min claimed sources have told them West Ham are pushing to agree a deal worth in excess of €50m (£42m) including bonuses for the Brazil international.

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There are few more qualified to talk about players from South America than Tim Vickery – the self-styled expert on football from that area of the world.

Vickery, an English freelance football journalist who has lived in Brazil since 1994, is the South American football correspondent for outlets such as BBC Sport, ESPN, talkSPORT and Sky Sports.

He is often the go-to man when Premier League clubs are linked with South American players.

And speaking in an interview with Sky Sports News (Thursday 1.12pm), he gave his take on a potential Hammers move for the Lyon and Brazil star.

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Tim Vickery: Showboater Lucas Paqueta is petulant at times and will test David Moyes but West Ham fans should be excited

Vickery says showboater Paqueta is petulant at times and will test Moyes but West Ham fans should be excited nonetheless.

“He really is an attacking midfielder, you can play him right up front, can play him as a kind of withdrawn winger and you could also play him deeper in midfield,” Vickery said on Sky Sports News.

“Although there is a problem there that sometimes he can give the ball away too close to goal because he’s showboating.

“This is the one potential problem with him and is the reason, I think, that he’s available to a club like West Ham – and is at Lyon at the moment – after not quite hitting the expectations at Milan.

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“He is a little bit petulant, there’s a little bit of the petulant schoolboy about him.

“You’d hope that somebody who grew up on an island without cars would have a calmer disposition to life than Paqueta has!

“So it would be a challenge of man management for David Moyes but the quality, the class that he could bring are very, very exciting indeed.”


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