- The investigation led to the failure of the Brazilian’s £80 million move to Manchester City.
- West Ham does not want to sell Paquetá, who has a contract until 2027
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West Ham are concerned that the FA’s betting investigation into Lucas Paqueta could affect their transfer plans for the second summer in a row, with his £85m release clause triggering at the end of the season.
Paqueta is still subject to an active FA investigation six months after the governing body began investigating suspicious betting patterns around three reserves last year, leading to the collapse of an £80m transfer to Manchester City. which had been agreed by the clubs. A similar FA investigation into bets placed on a single booking received by Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka three years ago took 17 months to conclude without any action being taken.
City remain interested in signing Paquetá, who has shrugged off controversy and injury problems to enjoy another excellent season with West Ham, and Pep Guardiola has tipped the 26-year-old as a possible replacement for Bernado Silva . The Portuguese midfielder will enter the final two years of his contract in the summer and City could listen to offers if he refuses to sign an extension, amid interest from Paris Saint Germain and several Saudi Pro League clubs.
West Ham do not wish to sell Paqueta, who is under contract until 2027, but would like some clarity on the situation, especially as there is an £85m release clause in his contract which can be activated from this summer. The club is understood to be frustrated by the lack of information it has received from the FA, whose investigators interviewed Paquetá and analyzed his phone records last October but did not provide a recent update.
Paqueta is believed to have denied any wrongdoing after the FA opened an investigation into suspicious betting patterns in three of his bookings, which as Mail Sport revealed last summer included a yellow card shown to him at Bournemouth for pushing Illia Zabarnyi in the opening day of this station. The first booking being analyzed is a yellow card Paquetá received for a late challenge on John McGinn in the 1-1 draw with Aston Villa on March 11, while a yellow card he received for committing a foul is also being analysed. on Leeds’ Crysencio Summerville on May 21. in.
An investigation continues into suspicious betting patterns surrounding three of Lucas Paquetá’s warnings
The investigation came to life after an integrity alert was triggered over bets on Paqueta being booked at Bournemouth in August.
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West Ham’s concern at the prospect of further delays has intensified after discovering that a similar FA investigation into betting on a booking Granit Xhaka received while playing for Arsenal against Leeds in December 2021 took 17 months to complete. conclude. The Swiss midfielder was never charged, but Arsenal were not formally informed that the FA’s investigation into a single booking he received for wasting time at Elland Road was closed until May 2023.
Paquetá returned after seven weeks out with a calf injury to help inspire West Ham’s 4-2 victory over Brentford last night with Jarrod Bown scoring the first hat-trick of his career.
The Brazilian’s importance to David Moyes’ side is demonstrated by the fact that they have not won any of the seven Premier League games that Paqueta has missed this season, while they have won 11 of the 19 games he has been headline.