West Ham United have signed midfielder Lucas Paqueta from Lyon for a club record fee The English Premier League club on Monday.
Financial details were not disclosed, but British media said West Ham had paid an initial fee of 36.5 million pounds ($42.76 million) with 14.4 million pounds as potential additions to the transfer of the Brazilian, who has signed a five-year deal with one player-option of the year. .
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The fee would exceed the £45m West Ham paid France striker Sebastien Haller in 2019.
“I am very happy to be here,” Paqueta said in a statement. “I hope it will be 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 am excited to put on the West Ham shirt and show what I can do to the fans, helping my teammates and the club.”
West Ham finished seventh last season under David Moyes but struggled to go in the new season to finish 16th after four games.
“He is a player that I admired from afar for a very long time and of course we saw him up close in our Europa League campaign last season,” Moyes said.
“He is a very talented footballer and while he will need time to adapt to the Premier League, we are excited to add another international player to our squad.”
West Ham next hosts Tottenham Hotspur in the league on Wednesday.