West Ham United are weighing up a summer move for Arsenal forward Lucas Perez, according to a report in The Times.
Since his £17 million move to the Emirates Stadium from Deportivo La Coruna back in August, the 28-year-old has struggled for game time, making just 15 appearances in all competitions, finding the back of the net on six occasions.
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Whilst he has done little wrong when called upon, the Spanish attacker has been trusted to start only two Premier League matches, with Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck clearly ahead of him in the pecking order.
Hammers boss Slaven Bilic is keen to add firepower to his squad during the close season and it is understood that an enquiry about Perez’s availability has already been made.
The fact that Michail Antonio, often deployed as a wing-back or as a midfielder, is West Ham’s top scorer with nine goals this season, speaks volumes about the Irons’ need to add a prolific goalscorer to their ranks.
Despite Andy Carroll’s recent purple patch in front of goal, the England international continues to struggle with injuries and fitness issues and only recently returned to action following a groin problem.
Earlier last month, Perez’s agent Rodrigo Fernandez Llovelle stated that his client was desperate to leave the North London outfit and was determined to move to another “important club”.
“Lucas wants to leave at any cost” Llovelle told calciomercato.com in an exclusive interview.
“He’s not happy at Arsenal, he’s not settled in and he hasn’t had the chance to play and to prove himself. He’s not received any offers yet.
“If Lucas leaves London, which he will, since he’s not had any chances under Arsene Wenger, he will want to go play for another important club, one as important as Arsenal.”
The Gunners are unlikely to allow Perez to leave on the cheap, having reportedly rejected a £26 million offer from a Chinese Super League club during the January transfer window.