West Ham United have confirmed on their official website that fringe striker Lucas Perez has joined Spanish side Alaves for an undisclosed fee.

The Spaniard joined the Hammers last summer from Arsenal. He failed to hit the ground running at the London Stadium as he went on to score just six goals from 19 appearances for the club.

Perez struggled to earn regular first-team action in 2018-19, with manager West Ham Manuel Pellegrini largely preferring to utilise Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez instead.

The 30-year-old never looked like he managed to fit into English football. He earned himself a move to Arsenal in 2016 after having scored an impressive 17 goals from 37 appearances during the 2015-16 season for Deportivo La Coruna.

Selling Perez is a good move for the Hammers. West Ham however need to bring in new strikers this summer. The centre forward options were one of their weak areas throughout the recently completed campaign.

Perez, Arnautovic and Hernandez all struggled to score goals on a regular basis. The only one which the club should aim to keep for next season is Arnautovic.

In addition to Perez, they should also aim to offload Hernandez. The Mexican is now 30-years-old and is now not the player that he was five years ago.

Andy Carroll is another striker who is set to leave the club this summer. With his current deal with the club expiring this summer, the East Londoners will not be looking to renew.


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