West Ham have completed the signing of Brazil international midfielder Lucas Paqueta from Lyon for a club record fee of around £51m.
The 24-year-old becomes David Moyes’ eighth signing of the summer at the London Stadium, beating previous record signing Sebastian Haller, who left the club just 18 months after arriving for £45m.
He signs a five-year contract, with the option of another year, and will wear the No. 11 shirt.
Paqueta has played 33 caps and scored seven goals for Brazil and has already played more than 100 matches in Ligue 1 and Ligue 1 since moving to Milan from Flamengo in 2018.
He reached double figures in both seasons with Lyon, and was named Ligue 1 Foreign Player of the Year for 2021/22, despite the club finishing eighth.
Paqueta was on the losing side against the Hammers last season, appearing in the Europa League quarter-final second leg.
Paqueta said, “I am very happy to be here. I hope it is the start of an interesting journey. I hope my time here will be successful.” “Last season West Ham had a very good season and I hope they continue to enjoy more and more good seasons in my time at the club.
“I’m excited to put on the West Ham shirt and show the fans what I can do to help my teammates and club.”
Paquita will be a ‘great asset’ for West Ham
South American football expert Tim Vickery:
Lucas Paqueta is a very elegant player. He will be a great asset to West Ham And to the English Premier League because he has a real left-handed level. He is an elegant attacking midfielder. It is multi-use. I’ve seen him play for Brazil and take three different positions in the same match reasonably well.
“He’s really an attacking midfielder, but he can also play up front. You can play him as a retracting winger, deeper in midfield – although there’s a problem there because sometimes he can give the ball too far from his goal because it’s a show.
“This is the only possible problem with him, and that is why he is associated with a significant post because he did not live up to expectations at Milan.
“There’s a bit of a rowdy pupil around. That would be a challenge to David Moyes’ human management. When you look at Brazil, he’s an automatic choice. He has something beautiful with Neymar.
“The pair are on the same wavelength and if he can form some kind of similar relationship with those around him at West Ham, he can be a real strength for the club.”
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