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Lucas Perez: West Ham close to signing of Arsenal's Spanish forward

Lucas Perez: West Ham close to signing of Arsenal's Spanish forward

Perez has found first-team opportunities limited following his move to the Emirates from Deportivo in August 2016 for a fee understood to be £17.1m - scoring once in 11 Premier League matches.

Reports of West Ham's interest in Arsenal outcast Lucas Perez first arose yesterday and things have progressed significantly in the past 24 hours, with a deal now on the verge of completion as we enter the final days of the window.

The striker spent last season on loan at former club Deportivo La Coruna and scored nine goals in 37 appearances for the La Liga side during 2017/18.

He's a player who has never really convinced since joining Arsenal two years ago but it looks as if Lucas Perez's time at the club is coming to a close.

The Spaniard returned to the Riazor on loan last season but failed to impress as Depor were relegated to the Segunda Division.

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

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And speaking to Calciomercato.com, Perez's agent Rodrigo Lovelle was asked if there had been contact from West Ham and replied: "West Ham is an option, he might leave [Arsenal]".

I know that West Ham want him and they have made an offer.

That claim is made by Spanish outlet El Des Marques and, considering the price he would cost due to his €50m release clause and the fees West Ham have already spent in the market, it would be a massive surprise to see a deal completed.


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