Arsenal striker Lucas Perez could be on his way to West Ham United before the close of the transfer window later this week, according to Sky Sports.
Premier League teams can make new additions up to 5pm on Thursday evening, and the Hammers are now actively pursuing a move for the 29-year-old centre-forward.
It was believed that manager Manuel Pellegrini was close to securing a deal for Porto winger Yacine Brahimi, but after talks halted due to a disagreement over the Algerian’s personal terms, it seems he has gone after Perez instead.
The former PAOK star joined the Gunners in 2016 after a successful spell in Spain with Deportivo La Coruna, but found first-team opportunities hard to come by under the management of Arsene Wenger.
Indeed, Perez found the net once in just 11 top-flight outings in 2016-17, although he did manage a further six goals from 10 appearances in cup competitions.
That led to the player’s departure back to Deportivo on loan last term, where he scored nine times in a total of 37 games.
It was thought that new Arsenal boss Unai Emery may give him a chance this season, but he has managed just minutes of action in pre-season and was left out of the clubs final warm-up matches against Chelsea and Lazio.
West Ham are on the lookout for further attacking reinforcements and, whilst naturally a number nine, Perez is able to drop off the main forward and play out on the wings.
That could make him a makeshift replacement for Manuel Lanzini, whose knee injury is expected to keep him out for the majority of the coming campaign.
Although not exactly proven at Premier League level, Perez has shown glimpses of his talent across a well-travelled career and would be cheaper to bring in than some of the other names West Ham have been linked with.