West Ham agree deal for Lucas Paqueta after reviving talks for Tottenham and Arsenal target

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West Ham have agreed a deal in principle to make Lyon midfielder Lucas Paqueta their club record signing.

At one stage on Thursday, a deal looked dead in the water after the Hammers saw a bid worth an initial £34million rejected but it is understood more positive talks took place on Thursday night and a fee has now been agreed for the Brazilian international.

Paqueta’s agents have been in London this week to discuss a deal and while personal terms are yet to be finalised, they are not expected to be an issue.

Should the transfer go through, 24-year-old would become David Moyes’ eighth new arrival of a busy summer and is expected to become the most expensive signing in the club’s history, surpassing the £45m paid for Sebastian Haller in 2019.

The former AC Milan man joined Lyon two summers ago and has scored 21 goals and laid on 14 assists in 80 appearances across all competitions since. He was voted as the best foreign player in Ligue 1 for the 2021-22 campaign and is expected to be part of the Brazil side that will start this winter’s World Cup in Qatar as favourites.

Asked about Paqueta earlier this week, Moyes said: “He can play as a number 10, an eight, and he plays as a false nine for Brazil quite often. I think his pedigree is really good.

“Pedigree doesn’t always guarantee that it works, but you would hope that it helps towards him possibly getting better.”