By Peter Lynch

7th Jun, 2023 | 7:10am

Anton Ferdinand sends message to Lucas Paqueta who can become West Ham United 'Legend' in Prague

Anton Ferdinand believes Lucas Paqueta could be on the verge of becoming a West Ham United legend.

The former Hammers defender sent the message to the current Irons star ahead of their huge European clash with Fiorentina.

West Ham meet the Serie A side in the Europa Conference League final in Prague on Wednesday (7 June).

The duo joined West Ham’s official Instagram Live on Tuesday (6 June), with Ferdinand sending an encouraging message to Hammers ace Paqueta.

Ferdinand commented: “Lucas Paqueta, you’re on the verge of becoming a legend of our wonderful club spoken about like the greats.”

High praise

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It really is high praise from former Hammers man Ferdinand, who will be as excited as all others associated with the club ahead of this huge occasion in the Czech capital.

Ferdinand will be watching on as David Moyes’s side battle it out with Italian outfit Fiorentina, who will undoubtedly provide a stern test for the English side in Prague.

Key to any Hammers success will be star man Paqueta, who after a slow start to his career at the club has really come on leaps and bounds in more recent times.

Understandably, he took plenty of time to settle into his new surroundings following his summer move to East London, but his displays in the last couple of months have been nothing short of superb.

West Ham fans are quickly realising why he was brought to the club, with nobody doubting his ability ahead of this mammoth European final.