The Football Association is currently investigating potential betting breaches involving West Ham star Lucas Paqueta, making his City move fall through.
Recent reports had linked Paqueta to a £70 million ($89 million) transfer to Manchester City, but that move has been derailed due to these allegations. According to the Daily Mail, the FA is actively examining Lucas Paqueta betting activities.
While the specific details of the investigation have not been revealed, it is understood that the alleged breaches pertain to football gambling.
This development raises concerns for West Ham, especially after Brentford forward Ivan Toney received an eight-month suspension for acknowledging over 200 violations of the FA’s betting regulations.
Paqueta, who joined West Ham from Lyon in August 2022, managed to impress during the latter part of the previous season after a slow start, contributing to David Moyes’ team’s success in the Europa Conference League.
City had been evaluating the midfielder as a potential substitute for Kevin De Bruyne, who will likely be sidelined for a significant period due to a hamstring injury sustained in Cityzens’ Premier League opener against Burnley.
Nonetheless, reports emerged on Friday morning indicating that they had terminated the discussions. City are now believed to be thinking the acquisition of Eberechi Eze from Crystal Palace.
Paqueta was included in West Ham‘s starting lineup for their season opener against Bournemouth last weekend. However, whether he will be there when the Hammers face Chelsea at the London Stadium on Sunday remains unclear.