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West Ham United Transfers 2022-23: Lucas Paqueta joins in club-record deal

West Ham United have been very busy in the 2022 Premier League transfer window, making several top-quality additions to bolster their ranks

The Londoners are aiming to secure European football for next season and heavily backed David Moyes this summer.

However, Deadline Day wasn’t very productive for the Hammers who were expected to sign Jan Bednarek and Leander Dendoncker but both players ultimately joined Aston Villa.  

West Ham were one of the biggest spenders in the Premier League this summer. They smashed their transfer record on Lucas Paqueta while also paying a premium fee for Gianluca Scamacca. 

Meanwhile, Mark Noble retired at the end of last season while Ryan Fredericks, Sonny Perkins and Andriy Yarmolenko were released. The Hammers also sold Issa Diop and Aji Alese to Fulham and Sunderland respectively. 

Below we have listed the signings they made in the summer transfer window. 

1- Nayef Aguerd 

Kurt Zouma, Craig Dawson and Angelo Ogbonna have been impressive for the Irons in central defence. But Ogbonna has now reached the age of 34 while Dawson is also over 30. 

They needed reinforcements in central defence and rightly brought in Nayef Aguerd in a £30 million deal as their first signing of the summer. The defender is a regular for the Morocco national team and is highly rated for his passing and aerial duels. 

2- Alphonse Areola

Lukasz Fabianski was the Hammers’ number-one goalkeeper at the London Stadium but Alphonse Areola featured in almost all the Europa League matches last campaign.

The France international impressed with his performances in the European competition as Moyes’ side made it to the semi-finals where they ultimately lost against Eintracht Frankfurt. The 29-year-old’s impressive displays convinced the English side to sign him permanently. 

3- Flynn Downes

Flynn Downes enjoyed an impressive 2021-22 season in the Championship as he made 37 appearances for Swansea City, with a goal to his name. His performances attracted the attention of West Ham who forked out £12m to seal a move for him in July.  

4- Gianluca Scamacca 

This was another huge signing for the Hammers. They were desperate for a new striker to share the workload with Michail Antonio. The Jamaican played an incredible 47 matches last season, scoring 13 goals. 

The east Londoners were expected to sign a new centre-forward in January but failed to make any additions. However, they have now landed a top striker in Gianluca Scamacca. 

West Ham had to pay £35.5m for the Italy international but he looks worth every penny. He struck 16 goals in 36 league appearances for Sassuolo last season. 

5- Maxwel Cornet 

Maxwel Cornet is highly rated for his versatility. Last season, he was used as a centre-forward, left winger as well as a left midfielder.

The 25-year-old enjoyed a hugely impressive debut season at Burnley, scoring nine goals in 26 appearances in the Premier League. West Ham signed him on a five-year contract for an undisclosed fee in August. 

6- Thilo Kehrer 

Issa Diop left the Irons to join Fulham in a £15m deal. That prompted the east London club to sign Thilo Kehrer from Paris Saint-Germain for an undisclosed fee, beating off competition from several other top European clubs in the process. 

The Germany international mainly plays as a centre-back but can also be used as a full-back as well as a wing-back and holding midfielder. The defender is extremely fast and athletic, and he is highly rated for his passing and ability to hold on to the ball.  

7- Emerson Palmieri 

Aaron Cresswell has been the first-choice left-back at the London Stadium and the English footballer has been impressive with his performances. However, they needed a capable deputy for the 32-year-old and Emerson Palmieri suited their needs best. 

A deal for Palmieri looked unlikely at one point due to the player’s wage demands. However, West Ham ultimately managed to secure his services.  

8- Lucas Paqueta 

West Ham pulled off a huge coup when they managed to sign Paqueta from Olympique Lyonnais in a club-record £50m deal. The player was hugely impressive during his time at Lyon, scoring 21 goals in 80 matches across all competitions. 

The Brazil international also had plenty of interest from other Premier League clubs, including Arsenal, Manchester City and Newcastle United. However, the Irons ultimately won the transfer race for him. 

Paqueta mainly plays as an attacking midfielder but can be deployed on either wing as well. He is known for his excellent technique, super pace and goalscoring ability.  

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