Lucas Paqueta can immediately prove Newcastle made a transfer mistake
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Lucas Paqueta can immediately prove Newcastle made a transfer mistake

Newcastle United were heavily linked with a bid to sign Lucas Paqueta this summer, and he now has an immediate chance to prove they made a mistake.

The Brazilian has now arrived in the Premier League, but is wearing the claret and blue of West Ham rather than the black and white of the Toon.

Paqueta made a late move to the hammers, arriving from Lyon for a club record fee. David Moyes’ side paid £51million for the 25-year-old, who has signed a five-year deal at the London Stadium.

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He’s made two appearances so far, and will be looking to make his third this weekend. And it could come against the team he’s been heavily linked with joining since January.

Lucas Paqueta to face Newcastle

Eddie Howe’s side head to the capital this weekend, going in search of their second win of the season. It will be a tough game for the Magpies, but the presence of Paqueta is an interesting subpot.

The Brazil international was the dream summer signing for a lot of Toon fans. They wanted to see him play for Newcastle alongside his close friend Bruno Guimaraes.

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There were plenty of rumours about Paqueta possibly heading to Tyneside. There were claims of a £33million move, while reports in France suggested he would be a target if James Maddison didn’t join.

However, no major English outlet reported talk of Paqueta joining Newcastle. Instead, it was West Ham who jumped to the front of the queue and completed a deal.

They have spent big money to get him, and will hope to see him repay that club record fee of £51million.

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That would have been a lot of money for Newcastle, but a deal they could have done considering the owners spent more on Alexander Isak.

Now Paqueta has the chance to prove that Dan Ashworth and co should have made a serious move for him. He can show them firsthand what he is capable of, and why he would have been an excellent addition to Howe’s squad. If he plays well, perhaps the club will regret not signing him.

But for Newcastle, their main objective will be to nullify West Ham’s new Samba superstar and claim all three points.