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Transfer News: Lucas Perez officially joins West Ham

A signing that never really panned out.

Southampton v Arsenal - The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round
Best of luck Lucas!
Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images

As expected based on reports from earlier this week, Lucas Perez has been sold across London to West Ham. The Spaniard never really got things going at the Emirates, only managing 7 goals in 21 appearances. Last spring, Arsene Wenger expressed remorse that a combination of injuries and lack of playing time stymied the striker.

Reports have the fee somewhere between £4m and £5m, significantly less than the £17m Arsenal spent to acquire the Spaniard two seasons ago. The difference is likely due to his lack of production over the past two seasons and his high £80,000 a week wages.

Perez is the second attacker sold by Arsenal this off-season — Chuba Akpom was sold in early August. Danny Welbeck has also reportedly been told that he can leave the club. The Gunners seem set to use Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Alex Iwobi, and Eddie Nketiah as their strikers this season.

Perez tweeted out a nice thank you to Arsenal and the fans.

Best of luck Lucas, hope you bang in tons of goals for the Hammers. Just do us a favor and don’t score them against Arsenal. Oh, and say hi to Jack Wilshere!