Moyes admits West Ham have gone over and above his transfer expectations amid Lucas Paqueta update

David Moyes, West Ham, August 2022

David Moyes has admitted that he did not expect West Ham to sign as many players as they have – but remained coy on Lucas Paqueta becoming another.

The Hammers have recovered from early frustration in the summer transfer market to enjoy a flurry of signings. In the past few weeks, Maxwel Cornet, Thilo Kehrer and Emerson Palmieri have joined.

Those deals followed the £30million-plus arrivals of new striker Gianluca Scamacca and centre-back Nayef Aguerd.

The recent moves take West Ham’s summer tally to seven new signings. And Moyes has admitted that his club have gone over and above his expectations.

“We brought in more than I wanted,” the Scot told a press conference.

“We needed to try and move on, break up what we had, we’re trying to build another good team. I’m not sure we will do more.”

But reports claim that Lyon midfielder Paqueta will soon become the eighth – and most expensive signing – of the lot for West Ham.

After failed swoops for the 33-cap Brazilian playmaker, West Ham have supposedly agreed a deal worth close to £51million for Paqueta. That would be a club-record signing for the London Stadium club.

Moyes coy on West Ham Paqueta transfer

But asked about the progress of the transfer, Moyes refused to open up.

“Do you not think that would be a better question after we’ve got him, if we do get him?” the manager said. “There’s no point in talking about a player at another club while we’ve not got him.

“Probably, I learn as much from Sky as I do from anyone else. The truth is we’re waiting on more information.

“I know we’ve made a second offer for him and we’re hoping to try and get a deal but at the moment I’ve got no more updates for you.”

Friday was a big day elsewhere for West Ham, who learned that Anderlecht, Romanian side FCSB and Silkeborg of Denmark are in their Europa Conference League group.

I’ve just seen it [the group] and it’s good,” Moyes said. “I’m looking forward to it. There are some good teams in it.

“We’ve had quite a difficult draw with our group but we’re looking forward to it.”

For now, though, West Ham have Premier League action to focus on. They play Aston Villa away from home on Sunday looking for a first goal and first win of the Premier League season.