West Ham have completed the £4 million signing of Arsenal striker Lucas Perez.
Perez, who becomes the Hammers’ ninth signing of the summer, joins the club on a three-year deal following a two season spell in North London, the most recent of switch he spent on-loan in Spain with Deportivo La Coruna.
“I’m very happy to be here at such an historic Club,” said Perez, “I’m very excited, as West Ham are giving me the chance to stay in the Premier League and I’m very happy to be part of this new project.
“West Ham have great fans and play in an amazing stadium, so to sign here brings me great joy. I’m very motivated.”
Perez joined Arsenal in 2016 in a £17.1 million deal from Deportivo and enjoyed a promising first season in the England, scoring seven times in 21 appearances for the Gunners.
The 29-year-old’s good form however couldn’t keep him at The Emirates however, with the striker spending last season on-loan with his former club.
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Despite Deportivos’ relegation from La Liga however, Perez enjoyed an impressive individual season, scoring seven times and creating 79 chances in the Spanish top flight, the second most in the division behind only Lionel Messi.
And West Ham’s Director of Football Mario Husillos says he cannot wait to see what the Spaniard can bring to Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
“We welcome Lucas to West Ham United,” he said. “He is a very experienced player that Manuel and I both know well from Spain.
“He has great technical quality, and can play as both the main striker or the second striker in a deeper role. He scores goals, but can also create them and link well with the midfielders.
“His style is different from the other strikers we have available to us, and that gives the manager more options for our attacking play.
“Lucas also has experience of the Premier League with Arsenal, and is familiar with life here in London, which of course means that he will take less time to adapt and be ready.
“From the very first meeting I had with Lucas, he made it very clear that he wanted to come to West Ham United and, for us, this is very important. We wish him every success during his time here.”