West Ham 'issued warning' by Man City over potential transfer
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Manchester City have been linked with a move for one of West Ham United's star players, Lucas Paqueta. They were thought to be lining up a transfer for the 26-year-old, but new revelations have led them to put a deal on the backburner for the moment.
According to FootballTransfers, everything 'is in place' to action a move for Paqueta to move to the Etihad Stadium. However, City will not continue with their efforts for now, following betting allegations made against the Brazilian.
If these claims do not result in a positive resolution before the January transfer window opens, City could divert their attention elsewhere - they also have Bayern Munich's Serge Gnabry in their sights. The Sky Blues are reportedly 'frustrated' with how slowly the investigation is moving along - especially with January transfer window being a month away.
Paqueta is having a strong season for the Hammers thus far. As things stand, he has scored five goals and has registered a single assist in 18 games across all competitions - three of these goals have been scored in the Europa League. He signed for West Ham in the summer of 2022 - since then, he has made 40 Premier League appearances for the Irons, scoring six goals.
What are the nature of the betting allegations made against Lucas Paqueta?
While Paqueta himself has not been accused of gambling on football games that he has been involved in, he is still under investigation regarding a strange pattern of bets.
Several bets have been previously placed on Paqueta to receive a yellow cards in a number of Premier League games - additionally, these bets have originated from an address near Paqueta's hometown in Brazil. Paqueta has denied these allegations - he is also still free to play for West Ham without restrictions currently.