West Ham's Lucas Perez close to permanent switch to Real Betis
Schalke were also interested but wanted loan deal with an option to buy in the summer
By Sky Sports News
Last Updated: 30/01/19 6:33pm
West Ham are close to agreeing a permanent £3.5m deal for Lucas Perez to join Real Betis, Sky Sports News understands.
Bundesliga club Schalke were in talks to sign Perez, but that was on an initial loan deal with the option of making the deal permanent in the summer for £4.5m.
Perez joined West Ham in August in a £4m deal from Arsenal but has only made 14 appearances in all competitions since, scoring five goals.
Marko Arnautovic signed a contract extension at the London Stadium this month but the Hammers are waiting to see results of a scan after he limped off on Tuesday night's defeat at Wolves with a suspected foot injury.