West Ham United have announced their eighth recruit of the summer transfer window with Lucas Perez joining them from London rivals Arsenal. The Spaniard barely got his chance to impress at the Emirates Stadium and he has now been given the opportunity to revive his career at the east London outfit, where he has penned a three-year contract.
Perez joined the Gunners from Deportivo La Coruna during the summer of 2016 and he was quickly dubbed as the Spanish Vardy owing to his impressive pace attributes. However, thereafter not much went his way and he ended his maiden Premier League campaign with just two starts under ex-boss Arsene Wenger.
Amidst this, Perez decided to return to Deportivo La Coruna on a season-long loan last term with a view to breaking into the Spain squad ahead of the World Cup. Unfortunately for him, he could not replicate the same level of performance from his previous spell with the club and he was the subject of wrath from the supporters as the Spanish side suffered relegation.
Now at West Ham, Perez has the opportunity to prove his doubters wrong with a series of consistent displays and he may get the chance to put things right from the off with testing encounters against Liverpool and former employers Arsenal in the opening three weeks of the new league campaign.
Aside from Perez, the Hammers have recruited seven other players in the form of Ryan Fredericks, Lukasz Fabianski, Issa Diop, Jack Wilshere, Andriy Yarmolenko, Fabian Balbuena and Felipe Anderson and they have now spent nearly £100m in the transfer window under the tutelage of Manuel Pellegrini.
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