By Will Butcher
Everton and Newcastle are in talks with Arsenal striker Lucas Perez over a last-gasp bid to sign the Spanish ace, according to a reliable journalist.
Guardian journalist Ed Aarons claimed on his personal Twitter account that the 28-year-old forward is speaking to both clubs, after being ostracised by Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.
It is said that a fee for the striker is proving to difficult to agree for both Everton and Newcastle, after the north London giants completed a £17million move for Perez last summer.
Everton and Newcastle are in talks with Arsenal over Lucas Perez. Sticking point is the fee
— Ed Aarons (@ed_aarons) August 31, 2017
Former Deportivo La Coruna striker Perez has struggled to make an impact at the Emirates Stadium, and sits way down the pecking order under Wenger.
The likes of Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez are all in front of Perez in the reckoning at the Emirates Stadium.
Perez found the back of the net seven times as well as adding five assists in 21 league and cup encounters for Arsenal last season, but only one of those goals came in the Premier League.
Arsenal’s number 28 is now expected to leave the club before Thursday’s 11pm deadline, but the Gunners are in a strong bargaining position over Perez with three years left on his contract.
Football Insider verdict
Everton desperately need a striker after the heel injury sustained by Ramirez highlighted a need for a striker at Goodison Park, with Rooney preferred in a deeper role and Calvert-Lewin played out wide this season. Oumar Niasse is also expected to leave Goodison Park before Thursday’s 11pm deadline, and that should prompt Koeman into signing Perez. The Toon will prove difficult rivals in the race to land Perez though, with Benitez’s Spanish connection likely to be a strong persuasion tool in talks. The Toon also possess plenty of Spanish players in Javier Manquillo, Joselu, Ayoze Perez and Jesus Gamez, and that could see Perez opt to move to Tyneside. It could all come down to the money though and Newcastle don’t have much.
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