West Ham United striker Lucas Perez has received a blow in his attempts to leave the club, after German outfit Schalke have pulled out of a potential move, according to Sky Sports.

The in-demand Hammers forward was set to join the Bundesliga club on a loan deal, with a view to making the transfer permanent.

That potential move is unlikely now, with West Ham looking for alternative options before the end of deadline day.

Perez has only been at the London Stadium since August, after joining the Hammers from Arsenal in the summer.

His £4million move was an unsuccessful one though, as he has featured just 14 times for West Ham and has scored five times.

The Hammers were set to make a profit on Perez with his move to Schalke, however it now looks like the London outfit are set to lose half a million on the sale of the striker.

That’s if West Ham can negotiate his sale to Real Betis, who are stepping up their interest in the 30-year-old following his move to Germany falling through.

Marko Arnautovic limped off during their midweek defeat to Wolves, and the sale of Perez may leave the Hammers short of striker options if he is sidelined.

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