NEWCASTLE have reportedly joined the race to sign West Ham star Lucas Paqueta.
This came after Manchester City passed up a move for him in the summer.
The treble winners had a £70million bid from West Ham for the midfielder rejected as the club were determined not to sell despite turning heads.
It then emerged that Paqueta is the subject of an FA investigation into alleged betting violations.
Man City instead snapped up Matheus Nunes from Wolves in a move worth £53m.
Meanwhile, Paqueta reportedly has an £85m release clause in his contract, which comes into effect from the end of this season.
And Newcastle could enter the race to sign him as they are eyeing a £52million deal, media claim Fichajes.
Eddie Howe is looking to strengthen his midfield again after already signing AC Milan star Sandro Tonali for £65million.
The Toon could try to persuade Paqueta to make a move north with the help of his pal and former Lyon and Brazil teammate Bruno Guimaraes.
His contract with West Ham runs until 2027 and has the option of a one-year extension.
The 26-year-old has started all five of the Hammers’ games this season, scoring one goal and providing one assist.
He played in the Hammers’ 3-1 defeat to City yesterday and was seen hugging Pep Guardiola before kick-off.