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Report: West Ham could make move to sign 'electrifying' Lucas Paqueta before deadline day

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Report: West Ham could make move to sign 'electrifying' Lucas Paqueta before deadline day

West Ham United have allegedly just thrown their hat in the ring in the race to sign Lyon star Lucas Paqueta this summer.

That’s according to CBS journalist Ben Jacobs who told NUFC Matters YouTube channel that the Hammers could challenge Newcastle and Arsenal for the 24-year-old’s signature.

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West Ham manager David Moyes has been a busy man already in the transfer market this summer.

The Hammers are still well short of numbers though and it could be argued that Moyes needs to sign another centre-back, a left-back, a central midfielder and another versatile attacker.

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And it seems as though Moyes may well have his eye on a very exciting option indeed…

West Ham could move for Lucas Paqueta

The 24-year-old Brazilian ace is allegedly on the radar of Hammers boss David Moyes.

CBS journalist Ben Jacobs has told NUFC Matters YouTube channel that West Ham should not be counted out in the race to sign Paqueta this summer:

“I think Newcastle will monitor the Paqueta situation, but if Paqueta is really pushing for a move then the clubs that want him, Newcastle included, are trying to establish where that move would be to, whether that’s the league or a specific club. Keep an eye on West Ham as well as they could come into the mix and keep an eye on PSG who want at least three more signings.”

The 33-capped Brazil international is an attacking midfielder by trade but he can also operate on either wing if need be.

The silky left-footed ace has bagged 20 goals and 13 assists in 77 games for Lyon so far. Last season, he bagged 11 goals and seven assists in 44 appearances for the French side (Transfermarkt).

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Paqueta possesses exceptional technique, impressive pace and has a real eye for goal and a killer pass.

When Liverpool were linked with a move to sign him, Reds fan-site Read Liverpool described the South American star as ‘electrifying’.

He has been valued at around €80 million (£67 million) by Football.London whilst Media Foot reckon that Lyon could sell him for as little as €40 million (£34 million).

The second fee would represent sensational value for the Hammers.

And if David Moyes brings Lucas Paqueta to West Ham for under £40 million this summer, it would be fantastic business for the club.

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