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Man City's £80m Paqueta move off amid betting investigation

Manchester City’s £80m move to sign Lucas Paqueta from West Ham is off amid an FA betting investigation into the midfielder.

An £80m deal had been agreed in principle last week before West Ham were informed on Wednesday that the Brazi; international was the subject of an FA investigation into alleged betting breaches.

There was a very small chance on Friday morning that the transfer could still go ahead but there is now no prospect of that happening.

The betting investigation is believed to centre around Paqueta getting booked in games, with the bets being placed in Brazil, and the 25-year-old will now miss his country's World Cup qualifiers against Peru and Bolivia in September.

Paqueta is due to be interviewed by the FA as part of their investigation and he denies any wrongdoing.

The 25-year-old, who has four years left on his West Ham contract, was booked nine times for club and country last season.

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