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.