West Ham linked with Arsenal forward and Brady backs Bilic

West Ham have made “strong enquiries” about Arsenal forward Lucas Perez, the Daily Mirror say.

The 28-year-old has been unable to establish himself as a first-team regular since joining the Gunners from Deportivo La Coruna and has been tipped to leave the Emirates Stadium.

He is reported to have told Arsenal that he wants to quit the club this summer after a frustrating season.

He is among a host of strikers the Hammers have been linked with ahead of the summer transfer window, when they are expected to bolster their attacking options.

Meanwhile, West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady has insisted the club will keep Slaven Bilic.

It follows reports that they are lining up possible replacements for the manager after a difficult season at the London Stadium.

Writing in The Sun, she declared: “I have a two-word answer to people who are listing candidates for Slaven Bilic’s job — shut up!

“We like our manager and we rate him, so we are planning to keep him at West Ham. Those poison-penned pundits who say they know, don’t.

“Our move to the London Stadium was always going to be testing for the players.

“And if Slaven is the boss we believe him to be, he’ll soon bring back the exciting style he brought to West Ham when we appointed him at the start of last season.”

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