Reports of West Ham’s interest in Arsenal outcast Lucas Perez first arose yesterday and things have progressed significantly in the past 24 hours, with a deal now on the verge of completion as we enter the final days of the window.
According to Goal, Perez has undergone a medical with the east London side and will arrive to provide depth to Manuel Pellegrini’s squad in attacking areas – where his versatility will be useful as he can play up front or in wide areas.
The 29-year-old has endured a difficult spell at Arsenal, spending last year on loan at Deportivo after struggling for football in his first season at the club.
Gomez release clause
A report that must be taken with a hefty pinch of salt, West Ham are reportedly ready to go all out in order to bring Maxi Lopez to the club and will play the forward’s release clause before Thursday’s deadline to seek a deal.
That claim is made by Spanish outlet El Des Marques and, considering the price he would cost due to his €50m release clause and the fees West Ham have already spent in the market, it would be a massive surprise to see a deal completed.
21-year-old Gomez scored 18 goals in 36 LaLiga games last term in what was his first season in Europe.
The new season is right around the corner and, inevitably, that means changes to the schedule will occur for every Premier League side – and West Ham have today learned that two of their fixtures in October and November have been moved for TV coverage.
Those games are the trip to Brighton, which will now be played on Friday 5th October and 8pm, and the hosting of Leicester City, which remains scheduled for the 27th October but will now take place at the later kick-off time of 5:30pm.
2?? fixture changes for us in October and November…https://t.co/OpdmRuUcEE
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) August 7, 2018
Not content with having Lucas Perez lined-up, Manuel Pellegrini is also pushing to bolster his side’s midfield ranks with the addition of Fiorentina’s Carlos Sanchez – who will be remembered for his previous spell at Aston Villa, where he left a lot to be desired.
Football.London states a deal bringing the 32-year-old Colombia international to the London Stadium will be a loan agreement and will fight with Declan Rice and Pedro Obiang for a spot in defensive midfield – so first-team football will not be a guarantee.
Sanchez featured at the World Cup in Russia but had a disappointing tournament, having been sent off in the opening game with Japan and conceding a penalty against England.