At the end of December, we carried a report from AS, who claimed that Real Betis are interested in signing Lucas Perez and the forward wants to leave West Ham United in the winter market.

The Spaniard left Arsenal and made a switch to the London Stadium that saw his former club earn €5m from his sale.

Manuel Pellegrini has handed him only three starts in the Premier League, while has two more in the EFL Cup.

Today’s edition of Spanish newspaper AS now claims the former Gunners man is the ‘favourite’ for Betis as is still their ‘preferred’ target to strengthen the attack in January. 

The 30-year-old has options to leave his current employer, but that’s only possible if the English side manages to strengthen by bringing in another player.

The aforementioned condition is the first problems and the second one is having paid €5m in signing Perez, West Ham are looking for a similar fee to part ways with the attacker.