Lucas Perez: West Ham sign Spanish striker from Arsenal

Lucas Perez has been heavily linked with Sporting Lisbon

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

"I'm very happy to be here at such an historic club", he said in a statement on West Ham's website.

West Ham have confirmed the signing of Colombia worldwide midfielder Carlos Sanchez from Fiorentina. He went back to Deportivo on loan last season and was surplus to requirements at the Emirates after the arrivals of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Mexico worldwide scored just eight goals in 28 league appearances last season but is looking forward to working with Pellegrini.

The former Rayo Vallecano forward paid tribute to the Arsenal supporters in a message on his Twitter account, saying: "They always showed me affection and love from the first time I arrived in London".

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'I'd like to thank all of the people, the whole club, for having me'.

New Irons boss Manuel Pellegrini has now brought in nine players during the summer window, spending more than £100million, as he looks to reshape a squad which battled for survival during most of the previous campaign under David Moyes.

He is Manuel Pellegrini's ninth summer signing and their second from Arsenal after the capture of Jack Wilshere.

"I know that West Ham want him and they have made an offer", Lucas's agent Rodrigo Fernandez Lovelle told ESPN FC.

West Ham have been looking for a new striker to bolster their attacking options and now look set to land Perez on a permanent deal. He can also cover other positions but it is as a defensive midfielder that he really excels.

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