According to a report from Spanish media outlet AS, Barcelona’s ‘biggest priority’ is to sign former West Ham flop Lucas Perez, having been given special dispensation to sign another forward after Ousmane Dembele was ruled out for the rest of the season.

Perez joined Arsenal from Deportivo La Coruna in the summer of 2016. But he really struggled at the Emirates.

The 31-year-old then joined the Hammers from the Gunners in the summer of 2018 for a fee believed to be worth £4 million (BBC).

He really struggled to establish himself in east London too. He scored just six goals and provided zero assists in 19 games for West Ham (Transfermarkt).

Deportivo Alaves v Villarreal CF - La Liga

Lucas Perez (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

And the former Deportivo La Coruna forward was swiftly moved on to Alaves in the summer of 2019, for around £2.2 million (Sky Sports).

 

The Spaniard has been a real hit with the La Liga outfit. Perez has racked up nine goals and four assists in 22 games for Alaves so far this season (Transfermarkt).

And now AS claims that Barcelona’s biggest priority is to sign Perez, now that they have been given permission to make an emergency forward signing.

Deportivo Alaves v Villarreal CF - La Liga

Lucas Perez (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

That would represent a dramatic turnaround in fortunes for the 31-year-old. He was a target for regular criticism during his spells with both Arsenal and West Ham.

And now he could be lining up alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann.

West Ham fans will not quite believe it.

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