Lucas Perez Is 'Very Close' To Joining West Ham

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West Ham are close to agreeing a deal to sign striker Lucas Perez from Arsenal, according to Sky sources.

The 29-year-old who spent last season on loan at Deportivo La Coruna hasn't been involved in the last couple of preseason fixtures for Arsenal.

The report says that Sporting Lisbon is interested in the striker and that the gunners are ready to accept a payment of just £4.4million yet they paid a lot more than that to bring him to the Emirates Stadium two years ago.

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The Spaniard returned to the Riazor on loan last season but failed to impress as Depor were relegated to the Segunda Division.

West Ham have registered their interest in Perez, who has a £5million valuation.

"I know that West Ham want him and they have made an offer", Lucas's agent Rodrigo Fernandez Lovelle told ESPN FC.

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New Hammers manager Manuel Pellegrini has been busy since his May appointment, and Perez would represent his ninth signing since taking charge. Lucas is happy at Arsenal but he wants to play regularly and West Ham is an option for him.

West Ham, meanwhile, begin their campaign with a trip to Anfield to face Liverpool.

Should Perez leave Arsenal, he'll do so with a record of seven goals in 21 games.

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Pellegrini has overhauled West Ham's squad this summer breaking the club's transfer record to sign Felipe Anderson from Lazio while signing Jack Wilshere, Fabian Balbuena, Andriy Yarmolenko, Lukasz Fabianski, Ryan Fredericks, Issa Diop and youngster Xande Silva.

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