Report: West Ham striker Lucas Perez wants to leave for Real Betis

West Ham United Manager Manuel Pellegrini during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Southampton at the London Stadium, Stratford, London on Saturday 4th May 2019.

West Ham United paid £4m to sign Lucas Perez from Premier League rivals Arsenal last summer but he has struggled under Manuel Pellegrini.

West Ham United's Lucas Perez during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between AFC Wimbledon and West Ham United at The Cherry Red Records Stadium on January 26, 2019 in Kingston upon Thames,...

Lucas Perez wants to return to Spain this summer after just one season at West Ham United, according to Estadio Deportivo.

The striker joined the Hammers for £4 million last summer after he failed to impress during a two-year stint at London rivals Arsenal, as reported by the BBC. But Perez has scored just six goals in 19 games under Manuel Pellegrini.


He has also made a grand total of four Premier League starts, despite Javier Hernandez’s struggles, Andy Carroll’s injury issues and the uncertainty surrounding Marko Arnautovic’s future.

As a result, the 30-year-old would jump at the chance to kick-start his career in Spain this summer if West Ham are willing to cash in. Estadio Deportivo suggests that they would listen to offers with a move to Real Betis understood to be Perez’s priority.

Lucas Perez of West Ham tries and fails to back heel the ball into the net during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Brighton & Hove Albion at London Stadium on January 2,...

Betis boss Quique Setien is a big fan of the jet-heeled forward, who was likened to Jamie Vardy during his 17 goal La Liga campaign with Deportivo La Coruna in 2015/16. The former Las Palmas coach has even encouraged Perez to seek a move away from the London Stadium.

Real Betis are also interested in Sociedad forward Juanmi, however, and it seems that it will be a case or one or the other.

Lucas Perez of West Ham United celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Cardiff City at London Stadium on...

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