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steveiron64 9:14 Tue Aug 7
Lucas Perez Signed

West Ham United sign striker Lucas Perez from Arsenal

West Ham United are delighted to announce the signing of striker Lucas Perez from Arsenal.

Lucas makes the move across London and signs a three-year contract with the Irons, having played in the Premier League and La Liga over the past two seasons with the Gunners and on loan for Deportivo de La Coruna.

The 29-year-old joins Ryan Fredericks, Lukasz Fabianski, Issa Diop, Jack Wilshere, Aindriy Yarmolenko, Fabian Balbuena and Felipe Anderson in moving to London Stadium this summer.

“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 welcomed Lucas to West Ham and believes Manuel Pellegrini’s squad will be the perfect environment for the Spaniard to thrive.

“We welcome Lucas to West Ham United,” he said. “He is a very experienced player that Manuel 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.

“Lucas also has experience of the Premier League with Arsenal, and is familiar with life here in London, which of course means that he will take less time to adapt and be ready.

“From the very first meeting I had with Lucas, he made it very clear that he wanted to come to West Ham United and, for us, this is very important. We wish him every success during his time here.”

Born in A Coruna, Galicia, Lucas moved to Madrid to sign for Atletico Madrid’s C-team as a teenager. The forward played two seasons in the Tercera Division before transferring to Rayo Vallecano in 2009.

In his first season with Rayo, Lucas helped the reserve team earn promotion, before making five appearances for the first team in the 2010/11 campaign, as they returned to La Liga after eight years in the second division.

A switch to Ukraine followed for Lucas in January 2011, who signed with FC Karpaty Lviv. The attacker scored 15 goals in 60 appearances for the club, including a hat-trick in a 4–0 home win over FC Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih in November 2012.

Eight finishes in 17 league matches in the 2012/13 season saw Dynamo Kiev loan Lucas for the remainder of that season, and then the striker was transferred to PAOK of the Greek Superleague that summer.

Twelve goals for the Thessaloniki-based club across 52 showings helped POAK reach the final of the Greek Football Cup in the 2013/14 season, and put him on the radar of Deportivo de La Coruna.

The striker was given a return to his native Spain, initially on loan, with his boyhood club, before they made the move permanent in 2015. Lucas rewarded the La Liga side’s decision with his best-ever return in a season, netting 17 goals for the club.

A big-money move to the Premier League with Arsenal followed in 2016, where he assisted an equalising goal on his debut. The striker netted his first goal for the north London side against Nottingham Forest in the EFL Cup, and struck with a Champions League hat-trick in a 4-1 win away to Basel. Lucas was loaned back to Deportivo for the 2017/18 campaign, scoring seven times in all competitions.

With an average of a goal every two-and-a-half games across his career, Lucas brings experience and tenacity to the West Ham front line.

Everyone at West Ham United would like to welcome Lucas and his family to the Club and wish him every success in his career with the Hammers.

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daveyg 2:58 Sat Aug 11
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I think this is an astute signing,super sub written all over it.
As for Sanchez,he'll come to man mark Sallah when we have just equlaised, will commit a foul on the edge of the box and that'll be it.

Jasnik 11:24 Fri Aug 10
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My name is Lukas
I live on the second floor
I live upstairs from you
Yes I think you've seen me before

After8 8:10 Fri Aug 10
Re: Lucas Perez Signed
I'm younger than Michael Owen

Gavros 5:57 Thu Aug 9
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Yeah he'd look right at home on old compton street

JustAFatKevinDavies 5:54 Thu Aug 9
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he looks like hes had very good surgery to fix a cleft palate but you can still kind of tell something

BRANDED 5:51 Thu Aug 9
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He does have a tiny bit of bender about his look

Jasnik 5:43 Thu Aug 9
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stepney hammer 2:31 Thu Aug 9

We can give him carrolls number nine and tell him he has to do handstands. when he plays.

Trevor B 5:42 Thu Aug 9
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He looked about 12 when he started playing professional football, you're virtually a paedophile, 8.

After8 5:37 Thu Aug 9
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Can't remember. I think the 1st one I fancied was Michael Owen

Trevor B 5:11 Thu Aug 9
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You must've wanked yourself raw when we signed Dani on loan?

After8 5:09 Thu Aug 9
Re: Lucas Perez Signed
It's a good signing vs what Andy Carroll has bled us dry for.

Plus he's a bit of a looker too.

IsaacHock 5:01 Thu Aug 9
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chim chim cha boo 4:13 Thu Aug 9

Please post more often.

Spandex Sidney 4:15 Thu Aug 9
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Spot on Chim, can't find a Gunner that is happy with this

chim chim cha boo 4:13 Thu Aug 9
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Perez is well known as a player who puts a proper shift in and seems a good match in a team that is going to put pressing to win back possession high up the field at the top of our coach's football philosophy.

Maybe not every player we've just signed is going to hit the ground running and we do need to show something not many West Ham supporters seem to have - a bit of patience.

Let's face it, we're in completely uncharted territory here, looking at a manager who has actually won the league and a virtually entire new team. Nobody really knows what's going to happen next but we've just signed a striker who Wenger thought was worth seventeen million quid, a player with a shitload of assists in the Spanish league last season and is used to the English game, living in London and playing to 60,000 fans.

We all know what a single player at the top of his game can bring to West Ham as we've seen it relatively recently with Tevez, Deano, Bellamy, Paulo, Arnie etc. I'm not counting Perez as one of those, but if just a few of the many players we've signed link up well with Arnie we're in for the most exciting season in living memory.

Welcome to the club Lucas and here's hoping you decide you're at the top of your game and bang some in for us.

VirginiaHam 3:38 Thu Aug 9
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My history isn't very good. Thank you.


Can't imagine we'll unretire 6 just for Sanchez.

Bernie 2:45 Thu Aug 9
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VirginiaHam 2:43 Thu Aug 9

But Carl Fletcher did

VirginiaHam 2:43 Thu Aug 9
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Rio Ferdinand didn't get 6.

Lee Trundle 2:41 Thu Aug 9
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"Speaking of shirt, Sanchez is rumoured to be demanding the number 6."

hahaha let me guess, TWITTER?

goose 2:39 Thu Aug 9
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statistics can be very misleading Ernie. by his own admission he didn't do well at Depor.

and yes i am hard to please, i want us to be the best.

stepney hammer 2:31 Thu Aug 9
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Speaking of shirt, Sanchez is rumoured to be demanding the number 6.

Considering the fans who are actually willing to give him a chance are only those doing so out of respect for MP, I'd suggest this isn't the best way to endear himself to the fanbase.

AKA ERNIE 2:31 Thu Aug 9
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underwhelmed by a player that created more chances than Ronaldo in la ligue blimey you're tough to please goose

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