Hammer Lucas Paqueta will not strike or force his way out of West Ham by refusing to train and will remain professional, giving 100% to the Hammers until he is sold; sources close to the player have confirmed to 6foot2.
The Hammer is flattered by Manchester City’s interest and wants to move to the Premier League champions (who wouldn’t) but has been told that the Manchester club must match West Ham’s £85m valuation after an initial verbal bid under £70m was rejected.
West Ham would prefer not to sell but know Manchester City is one of two clubs that quickly turn players’ heads, the other being Real Madrid.
The club doesn’t want to lose out and insists that City should pay the market rate and not get the Hammer cheaply.
There remains a high probability that City will return and get their target before the end of the month, and West Ham has multi targets in place should that happen.