Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

West Ham land Arsenal striker Perez for bargain fee

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini looks on during the pre-season friendly match between Wycombe Wanderers and West Ham United at Adams Park Arsenal accept deal to sell 29-year-old to Sporting Lisbon – report
Frederick Owens | 10 August, 2018, 04:36

Arsenal have accepted a bid from Sporting Lisbon to sign Lucas Perez this summer, according to reports in the Portuguese media.

West Ham also made an offer worth around €30 million to sign Maxi Gomez but are now ready to turn their attention to Lucas after Celta Vigo asked €40m for the Uruguay worldwide.

Champions League hat-trick aside, Perez never got going for the Gunners after joining from Deportivo la Coruna for £17million, and will therefore undoubtedly retain "flop" statue forever more.

"I'm very happy to be here at such an historic club", he said.

The 29-year-old is West Ham's seventh signing of the close season.

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West Ham United are pushing to complete the signing of West Brom target Carlos Sanchez from Fiorentina before the window for Premier League clubs shuts on Thursday.

West Ham director of football Mario Husillos added: "He is a very experienced player that Manuel and I both know well from Spain".

Lucas is happy at Arsenal but he wants to play regularly and West Ham is an option for him. He can also cover other positions but it is as a defensive midfielder that he really excels.

The former Rayo Vallecano forward paid tribute to the Arsenal supporters in a message on his Twitter account, saying: "They always showed me affection and love from the first time I arrived in London".

This is in view of the fact that Andy Carroll is set to miss West Ham's season opener at Liverpool on Sunday due to injury.

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