Real Betis have this afternoon been linked with moves for West Ham striker Lucas Perez and Mexican winger Diego Lainez.
The Evening Standard report that Quique Setien has identified former Deportivo La Coruna forward Perez as a potential candidate to strengthen his attacking line in the January transfer window.
The 30-year old has scored four goals in 13 appearances for the Hammers this season following his move from London neighbours Arsenal, but has struggled to secure a regular spot in Manuel Pellegrini’s first eleven. The Standard believe that Betis would be interested in signing Perez on a loan deal, however West Ham would prefer to let the forward leave on a permanent deal.
Perez featured in 35 of Deportivo’s La Liga games last season, but only managed to score eight goals for the club who ended the campaign in 18th position and now sit three points behind leaders Granada in the Segunda.
AS also believe that although Setien’s priority is a striker, he is also keen on signing 18-year old Lainez from Club America.
Lainez is highly rated in his homeland and there is talk of Eredivisie side Ajax also being heavily linked with the youngster. The winger, who has already been capped by the national squad, has recently received praise from Piet de Visser, the Dutch scout known for discovering both Ronaldo and Romario.
AS claim that it is Andres Guardado, captain of the Mexico national squad, who has advised the club to make a move for Lainez, however it may take a hefty sum for Club America to allow their highly rated youngster to leave for Europe.