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BBC pundit raves about Newcastle target Paqueta vs West Ham

Newcastle signed Bruno Guimaraes from Lyon in January and have been linked with another one of their stars, Lucas Paqueta.

Paqueta and Lyon were in action on English soil last night, taking on West Ham in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final tie.

The match ended 1-1, and was altered hugely by Aaron Cresswell’s red card right on the stroke of half-time for a professional foul.

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Clinton Morrison was one of the pundits watching on for BBC Sport, and he was impressed by what he saw from the Brazilian.

“Paqueta is the next one that could come over here. Newcastle took Guimaraes and he’s a talented individual.

“But I think Paqueta is a big talent and he could easily come and play in the Premier League.”

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Newcastle apparently saw a £34 million bid rejected for Paqueta before the January transfer window and it would be no surprise if they came back in during the summer.

They will have been watching how he got on against English opponents last night, and next Thursday in the return leg too.

He had 100 touches and seven shots last night, as per WhoScored, as well as laying on as many key passes as anyone in the Lyon ranks with three.

If he can guide his side into the last four, his stock will rise even further and time will tell if he is the next Lyon man to come into the Premier League.

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