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Hammers capture Lucas Perez and Carlos Sanchez on deadline day

New Irons boss Manuel Pellegrini has now brought in nine players during the summer window.

West Ham completed a double swoop for striker Lucas Perez and Colombia midfielder Carlos Sanchez ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline.

New Irons boss Manuel Pellegrini has now brought in nine players during the summer window – spending more than £100million – as he reshapes a squad which battled for survival during most of the previous campaign.

Perez, 29, joined Arsenal from Deportivo La Coruna in August 2016 and spent last season on loan back at the Spanish club; he is now determined to kick-start his career in England with the Irons.

Sanchez, meanwhile, moves from from Fiorentina and will return for a second Premier League spell, the 32-year-old having spent two campaigns in the top flight with Aston Villa.

Perez scored seven times in 21 appearances for Arsenal, including a hat-trick at Basel in the Champions League.

However, the striker then opted to return to Deportivo on loan last season in search of more regular first-team football.

“From now on I will defend these colours. It’s a big honour for me to be part of this historic team. Let’s fight together to reach our goals,” Perez wrote on his official Twitter account, pictured in a West Ham shirt for the first time.

Perez, who has signed a three-year contract, added on the West Ham website: “I’m very happy to be part of this new project and I’m very motivated.”

The fee for the transfer is believed to be worth around £4million, plus add-ons.

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Colombia midfielder Carlos Sanchez played against England at the World Cup in Russia (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Perez’s switch to the London Stadium sees him reunited with former Gunners midfielder Jack Wilshere, who joined West Ham following the end of his contract.

Sanchez, who has signed a two-year deal, is also determined to make an impact at the London Stadium.

The defensive midfielder, who was the first player to be sent off at this year’s World Cup for a handball in Colombia’s opening group match against Japan, spent two seasons in the Premier League between 2014 and 2016.

“I’m very excited and looking forward to achieving lots,” he said on the West Ham website.

“I decided to come here because, first, it is the Premier League, second, it’s a beautiful club and the fans are always helping the club and, third, for me it’s an amazing opportunity and an amazing project the club are leading, being ambitious and keen to achieve good things.”

Sanchez added: “Previously, at Aston Villa, we started very well, but sadly it didn’t end well, but I always maintained the same desire to return and here I am, with the same mission, with the same desire and dream and I’m very grateful to everyone at West Ham.”

West Ham, who spent around £40m on marquee signing Brazil winger Felipe Anderson from Lazio, open the new Premier League campaign at Liverpool on Sunday.

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