West Ham United have completed the signing of striker Lucas Perez from fellow Premier League side Arsenal.

Lucas Perez makes the move across London and signs a 3-year agreement with West Ham, having performed in the Premier League and La Liga over the former two seasons with Arsenal and on loan for Deportivo de La Coruna.

Director of Football Mario Husillos welcomed Lucas to West Ham and believes Manuel Pellegrini’s team will be an excellent atmosphere for the Spaniard to shine.

Husillos said: “We welcome Lucas to West Ham United. 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.”

Lucas Perez started his career at Atletico Madrid’s C-team as a youngster. He played two seasons in the Tercera Division before shifting to Rayo Vallecano in 2009. In his first season with Rayo, he helped the reserve team earn a promotion, before starting 5 matches for the first team in the 2010/11 campaign, as they returned to La Liga following eight seasons in the second division.

A switch to Ukraine followed for Lucas Perez in 2011, who confirmed with FC Karpaty Lviv. The attacker scored 15 goals in 60 appearances for the club. 8 goals in 17 league matches in the 2012/13 season saw Dynamo Kiev loan Lucas for the rest of that season, and then the striker was sold to PAOK of the Greek Superleague that summer.

12 goals for the Greek side across 52 appearances helped POAK reach the final of the Greek Football Cup in the 2013/14 season, and put him on the radar of Deportivo de La Coruna. The striker was granted a return to his native Spain, initially on loan, with his boyhood clubbefore they made the move permanent in 2015. Lucas Perez then repaid the La Liga side’s decision with his most prolific campaign ever, scoring 17 goals for the club.

A big-money move to the Premier League with Arsenal followed in 2016 but failed to make a regular appearance in the first team. Lucas was loaned back to Deportivo for the 2017/18 campaign, scoring 7 goals in all competitions.

Lucas said: “I’m very happy to be here at such a 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.”

Lucas Perez becomes the 8th signing for the London club this after the arrivals of Ryan Fredericks, Lukasz Fabianski, Issa Diop, Jack Wilshere, Andriy Yarmolenko, Fabian Balbuena, Carlos Sanchez and Felipe Anderson.


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