Report: West Ham plan summer move for £17m PL striker, enquiries have been made
By Harvey Byrne
West Ham are looking to bring in Arsenal attacker Lucas Perez, according to a report.
The Mirror have claimed that the Hammers are planning to sign the 28-year-old, who moved to England just last summer in a £17million deal from La Liga side Deportivo La Coruna.
It is claimed that the striker is pushing to go after failing to hold down a regular first team spot, which has then alerted West Ham to the player and they are hoping to land him for a similar price to what the Gunners initially paid.
It is also stated that strong enquiries for the player have already been made by West Ham for the Spaniard and that the player’s representatives are aware of the interest from Slaven Bilic’s side.
The experienced forward has played in 11 Premier League games for Arsenal this season, returning just one goal.
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In total, he has scored eight in 22 encounters in all competitions for the north London club, but with competition of the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck he has struggled to break into the team and could be set for a premature end to his Arsenal stay with three years left on his contract.
Football Insider verdict:
It is clear from his stay with Arsenal that Perez is not quite up to playing for a elite club in England. However, a team that is looking to push into the upper threshold like West Ham could be perfect for him. The £17million price tag is very steep for a player who has still unconvinced in the Premier League and the Hammers should definitely look to negotiate that price down. But, if Perez manages to recapture a small piece of what initially attracted Arsenal into signing him then he will prove a very good bit of business.
In other West Ham transfer news, a deal is all but done for the Hammers to sign this proven Premier League player.