West Ham have officially completed the signing of Lucas Perez from Arsenal on a three-year deal, and some fans were very impressed with the way he was announced on Twitter.
The Spaniard has moved across the city for a snip £5 million (split into an initial £4 million plus £1 million in add-ons according to ITV) and is ready for a fresh start after his career effectively stalled for two years as a Gunner.
Perez was loaned out last season to former club Deportivo La Coruna after Arsene Wenger couldn’t see a way into the team for him, and new boss Unai Emery clearly shared the Frenchman’s views for the 2018/19 season.
The 29-year-old has therefore jumped ship, and has become West Ham’s ninth summer signing following successful deals for Lukasz Fabianski, Ryan Fredericks, Issa Diop, Jack Wilshere, Andriy Yarmolenko, Felipe Anderson, Fabian Balbuena and Xande Silva.
As is the case with any new signing these days, the club have been busy pushing out content on the new man online, including his first words as a West Ham player, but it was his announcement video that created a particular buzz and not just among Irons fans.
Here are just some of the responses to the club’s creative fantasy football-style video, with complementary Queen lyrics:
Is this the real life?
Is this just fantasy? pic.twitter.com/Wl0Ul9VifT
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) 9 August 2018
This is the best announcement in the history
— Lacazettes (@Lacazettes) 9 August 2018
— West Hammers (@OnlyOneLanzini) 9 August 2018
That’s pretty cool
— 赤青 (@joeleggett_0705) 9 August 2018
What a signing and announcement👏🏻
— Carla Devine (@CarlaDevine1) 9 August 2018
That is awesome 😂👏
— Junaid Javed (@JJ_JunaidJaved) 9 August 2018
@dukemax3 good announcement
— Savvy (@savvy2410) 9 August 2018
Great signing for £4m, great announcement vid as well…all going right at WH at the moment
— AndyWHU1987 ⚒ (@AndyWHU1987) 9 August 2018
— Scouse (@ColossusFunBets) 9 August 2018
Ahh! This is brilliant
— Gaurav Kadam (@GauravKadam_gk) 9 August 2018
— Azeez (@drazeey_) 9 August 2018
West Ham announcement of Lucas Perez is so mad!!!!
Far better than that piano audition
— Sidiq Bahubali Pundit (@abatike) 9 August 2018
— The Offside Rule (@OffsideRulePod) 9 August 2018