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West Ham striker Perez joins Spanish side Alaves

PUBLISHED: 09:05 04 June 2019 | UPDATED: 09:05 04 June 2019

West Ham United's Lucas Perez during the Premier League match at London Stadium.

West Ham United's Lucas Perez during the Premier League match at London Stadium.

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West Ham United attacker Lucas Perez has joined Spanish Primera Division club Alaves for an undisclosed fee.

The Spaniard returns to his homeland after a single season with the Hammers, where during his time he scored six goals in 19 appearances.

Perez became the first Hammers substitute in 19 years to score twice after being introduced from the bench into a Premier League match when he netted a brace in the 3-1 win over Cardiff City in December 2018.

The former Arsenal man follows Edimilson Fernandes out the exit door at West Ham following his transfer to German side Mainz.

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Andy Carroll, Samir Nasri and Adrian were all also recently released on free transfers as West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini continues a major shake-up of his squad.

"From now on I'm no longer a West Ham United player in order to start a new adventure far away from London," Perez tweeted.

"It wasn't an easy season for me and I would have liked to show the football that I have inside.

"Since the first day I tried to give everything I had to give back to this club the confidence they put in me, but sometimes things do not go as expected.

"I would not like to leave without thanking all my teammates for their unconditional support, as well as the whole staff and the fans for their kind treat.

"My best wishes for the future and good luck for the next challenges."

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