Arsenal striker Lucas Perez has completed a move to West Ham United

Arsenal striker Lucas Perez has completed a move to West Ham United

In a moment of synergy, the acquisition of the number nine is also Manuel Pellegrini's ninth summer signing for the Hammers, after several high profile additions including Felipe Anderson, Issa Diop and Andriy Yarmolenko.

Sanchez, who has over 80 caps for his country, spent previous year on loan at Espanyol.

"I'm very excited and looking forward to achieving lots", Sanchez said in a club release.

West Ham are among several clubs to have expressed an interest in Perez, who is surplus to requirements at the Emirates after the signings of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang over the last two transfer windows.

West Ham have continued their £100million summer spree by signing Lucas Perez - and will swoop for "The Rock" next.

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However, while back on loan at former club Deportivo last season, the 29-year-old was responsible for creating a thoroughly impressive 79 chances for his teammates in 35 La Liga appearances, leaving him second only to Lionel Messi (87) in that regard.

Having been included in Arsenal's pre-season tour of Singapore it appeared Perez was potentially going to be given a fresh start under new head coach Unai Emery.

In a message on his personal Twitter account, Perez said: "I would like to thank Arsenal fans for their support, they always showed me great affection and love from the first time I arrived in London".

"I'm very happy to be part of this new project".

West Ham director of football Mario Husillos added: "He is a very experienced player that Manuel and I both know well from Spain". He can also cover other positions but it is as a defensive midfielder that he really excels.

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