West Ham sign striker Perez from Arsenal

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West Ham United have announced the permanent signing of Lucas Perez from Arsenal for a reported cut-price fee of £4m.

Spanish striker Lucas Perez has joined Premier League side West Ham from Arsenal in a deadline day deal.

The left-footed forward spent last season on loan at his former club Deportivo La Coruna and scored eight goals in 35 LaLiga appearances, but said he was looking forward to helping West Ham improve on their 2017-18 Premier League finish of 13th.

The Hammers have handed the former Deportivo La Coruna ace a three-year deal at the London Stadium, taking their summer spending close to the £100m mark.

The new season is right around the corner and, inevitably, that means changes to the schedule will occur for every Premier League side - and West Ham have today learned that two of their fixtures in October and November have been moved for TV coverage.

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West Brom have emerged as surprise contenders in the race to sign Fiorentina midfielder Carlos Sanchez, with West Ham also keen.

West Ham director of football Mario Husillos is confident Perez will prove another valuable addition.

"He is a very experienced player that Manuel and I both know well from Spain". He can also cover other positions but it is as a defensive midfielder that he really excels.

"I'm very motivated." Perez said.

And with new head coach Unai Emery giving him no assurances over playing time, the decision to sell the player was taken, with the Hammers pouncing and thus making him one of the lost list of their arrivals this summer.

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