By Sean Fisher

15th Sep, 2022 | 12:27pm

Lyon chief Vincent Ponsot opens up on West Ham United deal for Lucas Paqueta

West Ham paid a record transfer fee of £51million for Lyon midfielder Lucas Paqueta in the summer transfer window.

The Hammers showed their lofty ambitions in the transfer market this summer, acquiring talented playmaker Paqueta on a five-year deal.

The 25-year-old enjoyed two stellar seasons in France before completing his move to the London Stadium, and Lyon’s director of football, Vincent Ponsot, recently opened up the details behind his move to the Premier League.

“With Lucas, we had talks in March, in April and even during the summer because there weren’t necessarily the clubs there he was hoping for,” Ponsot told Olympique et Lyonnais, as quoted by SportWitness.

“His position was always very clear, though: he wanted to leave.

“From the moment he was in agreement with a club, even if we were hoping for a bigger club, we entered talks and we wanted to defend Lyon’s financial interest as best we could.”

Paqueta took a step up

Despite Ponsot’s suggestions that Lyon expected ‘bigger’ clubs to bid for Paqueta, the London Stadium is the perfect destination for him to progress his career.

West Ham can offer the Brazilian consistent playing time, European football and a team willing to work around him.

While the start to his career in east London has been somewhat slow, Moyes has deliberately took the time to settle him into English football, helping to relieve the pressure that comes with his hefty price tag.

But he hasn’t come in to warm the bench – Paqueta will soon be one of the first names on Moyes’ team sheet, and he can be a crucial cog in a team vying for European qualification once again.

Regardless of Lyon’s dig towards West Ham’s stature, Paqueta’s move is a step up for his career, and he now has a very sturdy foundation to showcase his skills in the best league in the world.