L’Equipe claim there has been a massive Lucas Paqueta U-turn after late night talks between West Ham United and Lyon.

Many West Ham fans would have gone to bed disappointed after claims from two top transfer reporters that David Moyes’ move to sign the Brazilian looked to be ‘off’.

Sky Sports’ Dharmesh Sheth and Fabrizio Romano both claimed they had been told the move had hit the buffers after a final, improved West Ham bid was snubbed by the Ligue 1 side.

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But Hammers fans are waking up this morning to the sensational news that West Ham are now in fact closing in on sealing an incredible record transfer for the 24-year-old.

L’Equipe claim there has been a massive Paqueta U-turn after late night talks between West Ham and Lyon.

And now West Ham are on course to sign the Brazil international for a fee believed to be a record £50.65m.

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L’Equipe claim there has been a massive Lucas Paqueta U-turn after late night talks between West Ham and Lyon

“Lucas Paqueta almost at West Ham, the story of a long day of negotiations,” L’Equipe reported at closing in on midnight.

“West Ham was very close to an agreement on Thursday evening with the Lyon leaders for the transfer of Lucas Paqueta, around an indemnity of 60 M € (£50.65m) including bonus.

“At the pace of negotiations, Paqueta may not have the opportunity to play one last match with OL on Sunday in Reims.

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“When the Brazilian sets off for training with his teammates on Friday morning at 9.30am, his club may have already settled the final details of his transfer to West Ham.”

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 after a ‘key West Ham insider’ claimed the club are confident of a compromise with Lyon.

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That appears to have been the case, after what seems to have been a rollercoaster of brinkmanship between West Ham’s owners and Lyon chief Jean-Michael Aulas – a notoriously tough negotiator who gives Daniel Levy a run for his money.

Paqueta would be a sensational signing for West Ham and is arguably world class having starred for Brazil in their World Cup qualification campaign.


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