West Ham United have confirmed the permanent signing of Arsenal striker Lucas Perez in a £10m deal.
Perez, who spent the 2017-18 season at his former club Deportivo on loan deal, has signed a three-year deal at the London Stadium.
“I’m very happy to be here at such a historic club,” Perez told his new side’s official website.
“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.”
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Director of football Mario Husillos added: “We welcome Lucas to West Ham United. He is a very experienced player that Manuel [Pellegrini] 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.”
Perez joined the Gunners in the summer of 2016 from Deportivo and scored 7 goals in 21 appearances for the North London side.
The Spaniard becomes the Hammers’ eighth summer signing after Ryan Fredericks, Lukasz Fabianski, Issa Diop, Jack Wilshere, Andriy Yarmolenko, Fabian Balbuena and Felipe Anderson.