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West Ham United sign forward Lucas Perez from Arsenal on deadline day

PUBLISHED: 11:00 09 August 2018

Arsenal's Lucas Perez

Arsenal's Lucas Perez

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West Ham have confirmed the signing of forward Lucas Perez from Arsenal on a three-year deal.

Perez, 29, joined Arsenal from Deportivo La Coruna in August 2016 and spent last season on loan back at the Spanish club.

The striker said on West Ham’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. I’m very motivated.”

“West Ham have great fans and play in an amazing stadium, so to sign here brings me great joy. I’m very motivated.”

Director of Football Mario Husillos welcomed Lucas to West Ham and believes Manuel Pellegrini’s squad will be the perfect environment for the Spaniard to thrive.

“We welcome Lucas to West Ham United,” he said. “He is a very experienced player that Manuel 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.”

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