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Irons Squad Rebuild Hit by Paqueta’s Charges

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West Ham United‘s ambitious summer transfer plans under new manager Julen Lopetegui could be hampered by the FA’s charges against Lucas Paqueta for alleged betting breaches.

Paqueta, previously valued at £85 million, was a target for Manchester City. However, a potential sale this summer seems unlikely, impacting West Ham’s transfer budget. The club was prepared for both scenarios, but the absence of a significant transfer fee reduces their spending power.

Lopetegui, aiming to make a big impact, wants to bring in six to eight new players. Defensive reinforcements are a priority after West Ham conceded a staggering 74 goals last season.

Defensive Targets:

Maximilian Kilman (Wolves): A £45 million-rated central defender remains a target despite Wolves’ reluctance to sell.
Jacob Greaves (Hull): The young centre-back is also being monitored.

Other Targets:

Right-back: A replacement for Vladimir Coufal is needed.
Midfielder: This is another area Lopetegui wants to strengthen.
Left Winger: Ademola Lookman, Marcus Edwards, and Callum O’Hare are potential options.
Forward: Serhou Guirassy and Armando Broja are being considered.

Lopetegui has brought in a new backroom staff and will work with technical director Tim Steidten on transfers.

The Spaniard, a Europa League winner with Sevilla, is excited about the challenge and aims to build on West Ham’s existing foundation. He emphasised his desire to compete and achieve bigger things with the club in a recent interview with the Telegraph

While Lopetegui’s goals are clear, the Paqueta situation casts a shadow over West Ham’s transfer plans. The club will need to adapt their strategy to navigate this financial hurdle.

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