The Football Association (FA) are said to be pushing for a lifetime ban if West Ham star Lucas Paqueta is found guilty over alleged breaches of betting rules.

Paqueta was charged with misconduct by the FA last month, alleging that he "directly sought to influence" four Premier League matches "by intentionally seeking to receive a card from the referee for the improper purpose of affecting the betting market in order for one or more persons to profit from betting."

However, Paqueta denies the charges and released a statement in response which read: "I am extremely surprised and upset that The FA has decided to charge me. For nine months, I have cooperated with every step of their investigation and provided all the information I can.

"I deny the charges in their entirety and will fight with every breath to clear my name. Due to the ongoing process, I will not be providing any further comment."

And a report from the Sun claims the FA charge sheet recommends that Paqueta should receive a life ban if he is found guilty. The Brazil international is accused of deliberately getting booked in games against Leicester, Aston Villa, Leeds and Bournemouth to help friends make money.

The report states that 'around sixty people placed bets on Paqueta to be booked in one or all of those matches', with the combined winnings totalling £100,000. The bets were traced to accounts registered in Paqueta Island near Rio de Janeiro.

Paqueta's lawyers have been given more time to respond to the charges and the report states that his case is 'not expected to proceed to a hearing for several months' given his career is on the line.

Paqueta has been charged by the FA for alleged betting breaches (
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The 26-year-old was heavily linked with a big money move to Manchester City last summer, but 'confidential' issues were blamed for the transfer falling through and Pep Guardiola's side ultimately signed Matheus Nunes from Wolves instead.

Should Paqueta stay at West Ham this summer, he will be working with a new manager after Julen Lopetegui was named as David Moyes' replacement. "I feel very happy, first of all, to be able to be part of the future of this big club," Lopetegui said.

"We will try to put our stamp on the Club. I feel that we have a fantastic platform. I think the last few years have been very good years to have this base, of course, but my ambition as a coach is always to be better and better, to achieve more and bigger aims and to encourage and improve the players, the team, and to compete because football is about this – to compete."

Mirror Football have contacted the Football Association, who will be making no further comment on the investigation until its completion.