West Ham make £33.75m bid for Lyon ace Lucas Paqueta | Talks continuing over Hans Vanaken

West Ham have made a bid worth €40m (£33.75m) 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 are continuing between the clubs.

Paqueta, who played in the Europa League last season against West Ham, has three years left on his Lyon contract.

Paqueta, who played in the Europa League last season against West Ham, has three years left on his Lyon contract.

Meanwhile, talks are continuing with Club Brugge over the signing of Belgium midfielder Hans Vanaken.

A gap in valuation still exists. Vanaken, who turns 30 on Wednesday, wants to come – but West Ham are prepared to walk away from the deal if the asking price doesn’t come down.

West Ham are also looking at other options – including Atalanta’s Ruslan Malinovskyi. The Hammers are keeping an eye on Conor Gallagher’s situation at Chelsea. If he is allowed to leave, West Ham are very interested in doing a deal.

David Moyes is determined to strengthen his squad after speaking of his frustrations in the transfer market, with his side currently bottom of the Premier League after three defeats in their opening three games.

It is their worst start to a season for 51 years and they are also the only team in all four divisions yet to score a goal.

Speaking after the Brighton defeat, Moyes, who started with £30m striker Gianluca Scamacca on the bench again, said: “I am concerned, but also I’m having to bed people in.

“We’ve not quite got everything in place. Hopefully our quality will show through in the coming weeks.

“Alarm bells is too strong. We finished seventh, then sixth, and we take positives from that. We’ve lost a wee bit. We need to get away from that position.

“Last year we were one of the top goalscorers. But we are struggling a bit for goals. We’re aware we are not as free-flowing as we have been.”

There are also problems at the back with Kurt Zouma and new signing Thilo Kehrer culpable for both goals.

“I slept on it, because I don’t think Thilo was ready to start the game,” added Moyes.

“He made the wrong decision to go to ground for the penalty kick. We gave the ball away terribly. They countered. Had he stayed on his feet, he would have probably seen it out.

“I probably wouldn’t have started Thilo if we’d been in a better place or had some other centre-halves available.”

West Ham sign Emerson Palmieri

West Ham have signed Italy left-back Emerson Palmieri from Chelsea on a four-year deal.

The 28-year-old has signed a long-term contract with the Hammers that will keep him at the London Stadium until the summer of 2026, with the option of a further year.

Emerson becomes Moyes’ seventh summer signing and makes the switch across London having won the Champions League and Europa League during his four-year spell at Stamford Bridge.

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Author: Arnold Watts