West Ham hope to wrap up £50.8m deal for Lyon star Lucas Paqueta

West Ham hope to wrap up £50.8m deal for Lyon star Lucas Paqueta with the midfielder flying in for a medical as David Moyes’ side look to seal club record signing on a five-year deal

  • Lucas Paqueta’s £50.8million move to West Ham looks set to be completed 
  • The 24-year-old midfielder has spent the last two seasons at Ligue 1 side Lyon
  • The Brazilian midfielder is set to join the Hammers on a five-year deal

West Ham hope to complete the £50.8million signing of Lyon midfielder Lucas Paqueta following his medical on Sunday.

The Brazilian, who will sign a five year contract, was due to fly into London on Saturday evening after West Ham agreed a fee of £36.4m plus a further £14.4m in bonuses.

The news comes after weeks of speculation regarding the former AC Milan midfielder’s future, with West Ham having multiple lower bids rejected before the agreement was reached.

Brazilian midfielder Lucas Paqueta is set to join West Ham from Lyon on a five-year deal

West Ham boss David Moyes has brought in seven new arrivals so far this summer

The news will come as a coup to Hammers fans, with Paqueta having won 33 caps for his native Brazil and looks set to feature for Tite’s squad in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Paqueta made his international debut for the Selecao back in 2018, and was part of the Brazil squad that lifted the Copa Libertadores on home soil the following year.

Paqueta will become West Ham’s eighth signing of the summer if they get a deal over the line. 

David Moyes has also bolstered his defence with goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, centre-back pair Nayef Aguerd and Thilo Kehrer, and full-back Emerson Palmieri, while Gianluca Scamacca and Maxwel Cornet have arrived in attack.  

Bruges captain Hans Vanaken is also a transfer target for the east London club

The Hammers boss also wants to add Bruges captain Hans Vanaken before the end of the transfer window.

Bruges have rebuffed West Ham’s offers of around £11m so far saying they do not wish to sell their captain but the 30-year-old has asked to go as he believes this is his last chance to play in the Premier League.

Vanaken has spent the entirety of his senior career in his native Belgium, and has won five league titles during his seven year stint with Bruges.

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