The much-awaited Premier League football is set to commence in less than a week time and the clubs are now actively pursuing their transfer targets with a couple of days left prior to 9th August’s deadline. Arsenal, having completed the business work early in the window, are now concentrating on offloading their fringe players and have found a potential suitor for outcast centre-forward Lucas Perez, a report from Sky Sources understand.
West Ham United are closing in on securing a £5m deal for the 29-year-old Spaniard who joined the Gunners a couple of years back from Deportivo La Coruna but rarely made it to ex-boss Arsene Wenger’s first-team plans having appeared only 11 times in the league. He notched seven goals last term for the Spanish outfit on a season-long loan but could not convince the new Arsenal gaffer during pre-season. Perez was not much involved in their recent friendly fixtures either and the presence of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Danny Welbeck indicated his time was over in North London.
Although Arsenal snapped the marksman up for a fee of around £17m, they are forced to let him leave on a cut-price deal and the Hammers, who already made eight first-team signings under new boss Manuel Pellegrini, are set to announce yet another inclusion taking their summer spending spree closer to the £100m mark. A move to East London might finally see the ex-Atletico Madrid youngster justifying his reputation in English environment if handed opportunities to shine and the injury woe of Andy Carroll will allow him grabbing game-time alongside Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez high up the pitch.
A move to West Ham, therefore, suits all the parties involved and Perez, despite a failed stint at Emirates, will add value to a new-look Hammers set-up who are tipped to script an upsurge clinching a place in Europe.