It has been confirmed that West Ham United have signed Lucas Perez from Arsenal on a three-year deal.
The Spaniard leaves the Emirates after an underwhelming couple of years at the Emirates in a move thought to be worth around £4 million, including bonuses.
Signed from Deportivo La Coruna for £17 million on transfer deadline day two years ago, he felt like a signing foisted on Arsene Wenger by Ivan Gazidis at a time when we were a bit short on attackers.
He never seemed to earn the trust of the Frenchman and spent most of his first season on the bench. Somewhat miffed by the way things were turning out in London, he pushed for a return to Deportivo and eventually had his wish granted, albeit on loan.
Despite being greeted to a hero’s welcome, last season’s spell in La Liga soured his reputation amongst the Estadio Riazor faithful. By February some fans were even calling for him to be sacked as Deportivo’s form fell off a cliff. They were eventually relegated.
Lucas returned to Arsenal this summer and was apparently eager to fight for a place under Unai Emery.
Alas, with a bloated squad and cash needed to cover other expenses, Raul, Sven and Ivan have decided it’s time to cut our losses.
Speaking about his move, Lucas told West Ham’s website: “I’m very happy to be here at such an historic Club.
“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.”