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Paqueta angers Hammers fans

Lucas Paqueta went over to Pep Guardiola before West Ham's clash with Manchester City

By Hughie Southon

Lucas Paqueta did himself no favours with Hammers fans both ahead and towards the end, of the game against Manchester City yesterday (Sat).

First he was spotted running over to the dug out to shake hands with Pep Guardiola before the game had started after the Citizens boss had tried to sign him this summer.

Before a ball was kicked at the London Stadium, he made a point of heading over to the Man City head coach.

And at full time he was at it again sharing an embrace with the City chief as astonished Hammers fans looked on in dismay.

Several angry supporters emerged on Twitter to declare their disgust with one saying: “Why did Paqueta shake Pep’s hand like that ffs?” Another added:¬†“Paqueta begging it to the Man City bench. No respect.”

His actions would have irritated Newcastle boss Eddie Howe who is reported to be planning a move for him.

For the time being though the player is staying exactly where he is as the probe into betting possible betting irregularities against him goes on

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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