According to Sky Sports, West Ham are interested in signing Arsenal’s Spanish striker Lucas Perez before Thursday transfer deadline. The 29-year-old could well seal a move away from north London in the next few days, especially as the player’s agent has confirmed interest from the Hammers.
Surplus to requirements at Arsenal
Lucas Perez is reportedly considered surplus to requirements at Arsenal. The forward spent last season on loan at Deportivo La Coruna, where he scored eight times in 35 appearances as Deportivo suffered relegation under Clarence Seedorf.
The forward joined the Gunners in the summer of 2016 from Deportivo for a fee of around £17million after enjoying a prolific 2015/16 season in La Liga. However, the Spanish forward struggled for first-team football in north London, scoring just once in 11 Premier League appearances before a temporary return to Deportivo last summer.
Too much competition
When it comes to attacking players, Arsenal are well stocked. In fact, attack could be the Gunners strongest area of the team, with talented forwards Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette the first choice players in attack.
Youngster Eddie Nketiah has also featured in pre-season games, whereas Perez has not played in the Gunners last three pre-season games. Although Perez is versatile he would struggle to get into the team on either flank with Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi all ahead of him in the pecking order.
In truth, if the Spaniard stays at Arsenal he is unlikely to see much first-team action at all this season. He may get some minutes in the cup competitions, but he is unlikely to feature in the Premier League.
West Ham could be a good move for Perez
While Lucas Perez is unlikely to ever be good enough to be a regular for Arsenal’s first team, he could prove to be a good signing for West Ham. He has shown in flashes that he does have ability.
In his debut campaign, the Spanish forward produced a number of lively displays for the Gunners. His versatile will also be a highly useful tool for the Hammers, who are on the lookout for attacking additions. The move would not be a terrible one for the forward either. He gets to stay in the capital and play for a team managed by a very highly rated boss in Manuel Pellegrini.
If Lucas Perez moves to West Ham, he would also get regular first-team football in the Premier League, something he will never achieve at Arsenal.
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