Lucas Perez

West Ham still pursuing Arsenal’s Lucas Perez

West Ham are interested in signing Arsenal’s Lucas Perez as a backup to Marko Arnautovic, according to The Mirror.

Experienced forward

Perez began his career in Spain with Rayo Vallecano before moving to Ukrainian side Karpaty Lviv on a free transfer in 2011.

Perez would go on to play 59 games for Karpaty Lviv, in which he scored 15 and assisted eight.

The Spaniard then signed for Greek side PAOK Thessaloniki for a fee of around £720,000 and would go on to play 52 games for PAOK Thessaloniki, scoring 12 and assisting 16 in those games.

Then, after an initial loan spell, Perez would sign for Deportivo in 2015 for a fee of around £1.5 million.

Overall, Perez has played 96 games for Deportivo, scoring 33 and assisting 22 in that time.

The 29-year-old would sign for current club Arsenal in 2016 for a fee in the region of £12 million but has made just 21 appearances for the Gunners and after spending last season out on loan with Deportivo, Perez now looks close to leaving Arsenal permanently.

SWANSEA, WALES – MAY 15: Manuel Pellegrini, manager of Manchester City looks on after the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Manchester City at the Liberty Stadium on May 15, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

New recruits

So far West Ham have added seven players to their squad this summer.

West Ham broke their transfer record when they signed Felipe Anderson from Lazio for a fee of around £34.2m.

The Hammers also splashed the cash on Issa Diop from Toulouse and Andriy Yarmolenko from Borussia Dortmund for whom they paid £22.5m and £18m respectably.

Pellegrini was also able to secure the signings of Lukas Fabianski from Swansea for a fee of around £7.2m, Fabián Balbuena from Corinthians for around £3.6m, Ryan Fredericks on a free and Jack Wilshere on a free.

And despite all of these top signings West Ham could well be set to add a few more names before the window shuts.

One of which could well be Perez.

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