West Ham have received a loan offer for Lucas Perez from Schalke, according to BBC Sport. The Spanish striker has been unable to make an impact in Claret and Blue. He has been limited to a number of substitute appearances and has only scored two league goals so far.
The German outfit are looking to add some firepower to their side. They are into the knockout stages of the Champions League but are currently 12th in the Bundesliga. Perez has struggled in English football, both with Arsenal and West Ham. His form may take an upturn in Germany similar to how he played in his native Spain.
The deal offered to West Ham by the Germans is a good one. West Ham would receive a loan fee, shift a large wage off the books and a potential permanent deal in the summer.
After a £4 million outlay for the Spaniard last summer, this proposal goes some way in the Hammers breaking even on the transfer.
The former Arsenal forward missed the 3-0 defeat to Wolves with an injury he sustained during the cup defeat to Wimbledon.
However, Schalke have not been put off by the injury.
The 30-year-old has been unable to get past Marko Arnautovic, Javier Hernandez or Michail Antonio in the pecking order. He has only started in six games this season and the majority of his goals have come in the cup competitions.
This represents good business for West Ham. They will be able to reduce the average age of the squad and potentially reinvest the saved wages into a loan deal for a new forward. With the transfer window closing soon, it is paramount to ensure these deals are finalised quickly.