Cut-price striker deal close

  • by Staff Writer
  • Monday, 6th August 2018

West Ham are close to securing the capture of Arsenal striker Lucas Perez for a cut-price fee.

The Spanish forward, who spent last season on loan at Deportivo La Coruna is on the verge of completing a ?4million switch from north to east London after Arsenal reportedly accepted West Ham's minimal offer.

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Perez will join the Hammers as back-up to front line forwards Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez - effectively replacing the perennially-injured Andy Carroll and Jordan Hugill, who is expetced to leave the club ahead of this week's transfer deadline.

The 29-year-old joined Arsenal in a ?17million switch from Deportivo in 2016 and scored seven times in his first (and only full) season with the Gunners, before returning to the La Liga side on a temporary basis last year.

* West Ham's attempts to sign Le Havre's French Under 21 international Harold Moukoudi have fallen through.

The 20-year-old centre half was being sought to provide depth to the club's defensive options, but is understood to have rejected the opportunity to join West Ham as he has no desire to play in the Premier League at present.

Out of contract next summer, Moukoudi is thought to prefer to remain in France but Le Havre are yet to receive an offer from a Ligue 1 club that comes close to West Ham's previous bid.

* Porto president Pinto da Costa has confirmed that West Ham are yet to make an official move for goalscorer Moussa Marega.

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Speaking to O Jogo, Costa insisted that, despite much speculation, the Hammers are yet to make contact with the Portuguese club regarding a potential sale. "We have no concrete offer and last Thursday the son of the West Ham owner was in Porto accompanied by an agent," he confirmed.

"They asked about several players, one of them Marega, but they did not present any concrete proposal. And they were informed that the player and his agent had agreed to the renewal for one more season with new expiration and new release clause."

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