West Ham add Colombia worldwide Carlos Sanchez

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"I'm very happy to be here at such an historic Club", Perez told the West Ham website.

The left-footed forward spent last season on loan at his former club Deportivo La Coruna and scored eight goals in 35 LaLiga appearances, but said he was looking forward to helping West Ham improve on their 2017-2018 Premier League finish of 13th.

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

Director of Football Mario Husillos welcomed Lucas to West Ham and believes Manuel Pellegrini's squad will be the ideal environment for the Spaniard to thrive.

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

Sanchez has Premier League experience, gained at a spell with Aston Villa.

However, the striker then opted to return to Deportivo on loan last season in search of more regular first-team football.

"From the very first meeting I had with Lucas, he made it very clear that he wanted to come to West Ham United and, for us, this is very important".

That will take their total spend this summer to over £100m - and means Manuel Pellegrini will have ten new faces in his squad.

Financial details of the deal were not disclosed, but local media said West Ham had paid about 4 million pounds for the Spaniard.

The Hammers earlier added Arsenal striker Lucas Perez to a list of new arrivals that includes Felipe Anderson, Andriy Yarmolenko and Jack Wilshere.

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