The last time we checked the Lucas Perez situation, the player was ‘willing to take a pay cut’ to force an exit from West Ham and return to Spain with Alaves.

Bought for £4m from Arsenal last summer, the 30-year-old barely featured under Manuel Pellegrini this season, leading to the stories of a swift exit from London Stadium.

Seemingly ready to make a loss on Pérez’s exit, the Hammers have been negotiating with the La Liga side, and it’s all but done.

This comes from Noticias de Navarra, who claim on Wednesday that all that’s missing for it to be ‘official’ is the ‘announcement’, at which point the forward will be able to consider himself an Alaves player.

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The deal is said to cost ‘a little bit more than €2m’, and while it took some convincing to get Pérez to agree to a move to Alaves (Real Betis were also lurking), the Spanish outlet explain the job is now done, with confirmation just around the corner.

A move back to Spain should see the West Ham striker find a starting spot once more, since that’s what he’s been promised.