Lucas Perez sends farewell message to Gunners after West Ham move

Lucas Perez has been heavily linked with Sporting Lisbon

"Lucas is a very experienced player that Manuel and I both know well from Spain", Husillos said on the club website.

He returned to the La Liga side last season and many suspected he could have had a fresh start at the Emirates.

Sanchez, who has 88 caps for Colombia, has been a stalwart for his country for over a decade but is perhaps better known on these shores for his two-year stint at Aston Villa between 2014-16.

Perez scored seven goals in 21 appearances for the North London club.

West Ham have been working on a deal to sign former Aston Villa midfielder Sanchez from Fiorentina and are close to completing the transfer.

The 29-year-old Spaniard signed a contract for three seasons after arriving at the Gunners in 2016 from Deportivo La Coruna, but last term he played on loan at the Spanish club.

"I always dreamed of playing in the Premier League", Sanchez said.

West Ham director of football Mario Husillos is confident Perez will prove another valuable addition.

Former Manchester City boss Pellegrini's spending since replacing David Moyes has reached around 100 million pounds as the Chilean tries to turn West Ham into a side capable of challenging for Europe rather than battling to avoid relegation.

Perez becomes the eighth player to join West Ham ahead of the 2018-2019 season, and he will compete with fellow new signing Andriy Yarmolenko for a place in Manuel Pellegrini's starting line-up.

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