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West Ham United launch bid to sign Lucas Paqueta

West Ham United have reportedly made a bid to sign Olympique Lyon midfielder Lucas Paqueta.

What’s the news?

According to a recent Twitter post from Sky Sports journalist Dharmesh Sheth on Wednesday, the Hammers have made a bid worth €40m (£34m) for the player.

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West Ham United manager David Moyes applauds the fans

How many points did West Ham end the Premier League season with?

“West Ham United have made a bid worth €40m for Lyon midfielder Lucas Paqueta. The player’s agents are in London and want to conclude a deal with a Premier League club before the end of the window. Talks continuing between the clubs,” he said.

In 80 appearances for the French club across all competitions, the Brazilian has found the net 21 times and delivered 14 assists in the process.

A dream signing for Moyes

Last season not only saw the 24-year-old score nine goals and provide six assist for his side in 35 Ligue 1 appearances, but he also managed to show the other areas of his game that make him an impressive midfield figure.

From an attacking point of view, Paqueta topped the list for number of shots at goal in the squad (87), as well as making more shot-creating actions (117) than any other player at Lyon.

This would also put him at the number one spot for each statistic for West Ham across their previous Premier League campaign as Michail Antonio topped the list with 83 shots at goal and 102 shot-creating actions.

He also racked up the joint-highest number of successful dribbles (75) at the French club alongside Houssem Aouar.

Then from a defensive point of view, he also won more tackles (61) and made more successful pressures (236) than any of his teammates, showing that he can be just as productive without the ball as he is with it.

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This makes it easy to see why the London Stadium outfit are reportedly keen on adding the Brazil international to their ranks before the summer transfer window closes.

Hailed as a “sensational” player by podcaster Dave Harvey, Paqueta would certainly be a dream signing for West Ham and David Moyes, especially as the east London club are the only side in the Premier League to win a game or even score a goal this season.

Taking all of this into account, if the Hammers are successful in their attempts to sign the Lyon star following their £34m bid, this could really have lots of West Ham supporters jumping for joy and give the team a great chance to put their slow start to the season behind them and finally get some points on the board.

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