West Ham have completed the signing of Eintracht Frankfurt player Sebastien Haller. A reported £38 million fee which could rise to £45 million, including add-ons, has made the striker the clubs new record signing. This has surpassed the £37 million they spent on Felipe Anderson last summer.
Haller has joined the East London club to act as the replacement for China bound Marko Arnautovic. The Austrian has left the Hammers after forcing a move though for a £22 million fee.
The twenty-five year old had a successful 2018/19 season at Eintracht Frankfurt scoring 20 goals and providing 12 assists in only 41 appearances. The Frenchman has the ability to score and assist which is crucial for West Ham in need of a frontman that can do both.
Haller is able to play as a target man and in a striker partnership. This could mean a dynamic duo of Haller and Javier Hernandez, a potential throwback to the big-man small-man partnership.
Last season Haller mostly played in the shadow of Luka Jovic, who had a breakout season. The twenty-one year old Serbian International scored 35 goals last season and impressed enough to earn a £54 million transfer to Real Madrid. Although, this should not undermine the quality of Haller.
West Ham have needed a clinical goalscorer for years. No player has scored fifteeen goals in a season for the Hammers since Carlton Cole did in the Championship during the 2011/12 season.
West Ham have always struggled with strikers in many ways. The strikers either haven’t been able to score, like Simone Zaza, or can score but spend more time on the treatment table then the pitch. Prime examples of this are Dean Ashton and Andy Carroll. So Hammers fans will be hoping that the club have finally brought a deadly striker that can become the talisman for the club.
Haller joins Pablo Fornals as West Ham’s second out-field signing as the Hammers aim to push for European qualification. The East London club however, aren’t done in the transfer market just yet. They are still in need of a midfielder to replace Pedro Obiang, who is believed to be on his way back to Italy. One name that has been mentioned, by ExWHUemployee, is Tottenhams Victor Wanyama.
West Ham are also chasing another forward, the player has remained unnamed by sources, but was linked to the club a couple of season ago. The player is currently playing in one of Europes top leagues and has a goal to game ratio of 1 in 3.