According to various sources, West Ham United are keen on signing Lucas Perez before the transfer window shuts for Premier League clubs on Wednesday afternoon.
The Spaniard has also been heavily linked with a move to Sporting Lisbon, although according to the Independent the striker is open to staying at Arsenal and fighting for his place.
Given the Gunners are eager to trim the fat from their squad it seems more likely that the 29-year-old will leave the Emirates than stay. It’s even suggested that we’ll take as little as £4.5 million for the player to suitors cover his significant wages.
Things haven’t really gone to plan for Lucas since he moved from Deportivo La Coruna for £17 million two summers ago. He moved to London hoping to win a place in the Spain squad, however, he found game time limited in his first season and soon pushed for a return to the Estadio Riazor.
His loan to Deportivo, which included a clause for a permanent move, quickly soured. Injuries and poor form took their toll and his boyhood club suffered a financially damaging relegation.
Unai Emery welcomed his compatriot back into the fold at London Colney in June and he went on to play minutes against Boreham Wood, Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint Germain. This week he’s been excluded from the squads that faced Chelsea and Lazio (another club he was linked with this summer), seemingly falling behind Eddie Nketiah who has provided back-up to Alex Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Premier League clubs must complete their incoming transfer business by 5pm on Thursday. Sales to foreign suitors and clubs in the English Football League can take place until 31 August.