West Ham striker Lucas Perez is close to a swift departure from the London Stadium to join La Liga outfit Lucas Perez, according to Sky Sports.
They report that the Spanish striker, who only moved to the Hammers in the summer, is set to return to his homeland in a £3.5m deal, after Betis beat off competition from Schalke for his services.
Betis have clearly been in the market for a striker this month, as they have also been credited with an interest in Tottenham hitman Vincent Janssen.
But they do reportedly face competition from Premier League strugglers Cardiff City, with both clubs looking to engineer a loan to buy deal for the Dutchman.
Cardiff’s interest in Janssen means that Spurs may still hope to offload him, but Betis’ presence in the chase would likely have created a bidding war which could have pushed up the asking price for the Dutchman.
But now, it would appear that Janssen only has one, last-minute potential suitor, which may limit Spurs’ opportunity to offload the striker at all, or certainly hampers their ability to barter.
It seems as if West Ham have nipped in first in terms of offloading their unwanted striker, leaving Tottenham scrambling around for a serious suitor for Janssen.