West Ham United have announced the permanent signing of Lucas Perez from Arsenal for a reported cut-price fee of £4m.
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.
Spanish forward has endured a frustrating two years spell at North London club since arriving in a £17m deal, having been restricted to just two Premier League starts in his first season and then sent him out back to Deportivo La Coruna.
Speaking to his new team’s official website for the first campaign, the 29-year-old forward has admitted that he is pleased to have made a switch to the London rivals.
“I’m very happy to be here at such an historic club,” he said. “I’m very excited, as West Ham are giving me the chance to stay in the Premier League and I’m very happy to be part of this new project.
“West Ham have great fans and play in an amazing stadium, so to sign here brings me great joy. I’m very motivated.”
Director of football Mario Husillos added: “We welcome Lucas to West Ham United. He is a very experienced player that Manuel [Pellegrini] and I both know well from Spain. He has great technical quality, and can play as both the main striker or the second striker in a deeper role.
“He scores goals, but can also create them and link well with the midfielders. His style is different from the other strikers we have available to us, and that gives the manager more options for our attacking play.
Brazilian forward Bernard has revealed the key role Everton head-coach Marco Silva played in convincing him to move to the Merseyside club despite offers from Chelsea, Arsenal, AC Milan and West Ham United.
South American forward had been a free agent since departing from Shakhtar Donetsk at the end of last campaign and was inundated with offers, particularly from England.
The Blues had looked into adding the 25-year-old winger to their squad, and even offered him a deal while Arsenal have also tried to secure his services before the end of the summer transfer window, but ultimately Bernard was swayed by the chance of more regular first-team football under Marco Silva.
‘I chose Everton because of all the things I’d heard about Marco Silva and because Everton is a club with a lot of tradition,’ Bernard told the club’s official website.
‘They are historically among the four most successful clubs in England and when I found out about the club and what the manager wanted from me, I was happy.
‘That’s really why I made the choice – because of the confidence both the manager and the club showed in me.’
Asked specifically about his chat with Silva, he continued: ‘I did not need a lot of convincing. Everton is a great club with a great tradition and with all of these factors in place, it was my choice.
‘The manager made me feel confident I wanted to play here because of what he’s done in the past. He is a great coach, he has gone great things. And Everton is a club with a great structure.
‘Marco’s words helped me a lot because having a coach who believes in his ideas is important. But I was also convinced Everton could improve me and that I would be able to show my best as a player here.’
Spanish forward Lucas Perez has thanked his former team Arsenal for their “love and affection” following his switch to West Ham United.
The 29year-old Spanish forward has moved across the London on Thursday for a reported £4m fee and to the West Ham United.
Spanish attacker has wrote the farewell message on his official Twitter account, saying: “Today I would like to thank Arsenal fans for their support, they always showed me affection and love from the first time I arrived in London.
“I also want to give my thanks to my teammates and to the staff of this club for giving me the opportunity to make my debut in one of the best leagues in the world and win the FA Cup. I wish you all the best for the future and I hope you can go on and achieve great things.”
Former Deportivo La Coruna forward has made the same move as ex-Gunners midfielder Jack Wilshere, who has made the switch to the London Stadium earlier during the summer transfer window.