West Ham have signed Eintracht Frankfurt striker Sebastien Haller for a club-record £45 million, as reported by Sky Sports.
The Frenchman will be joining the Hammers on a five-year contract, with the option of a further 12 months.
This sees West Ham break their transfer record for the third time in a year – after the signings of Issa Diop then Felipe Anderson did the same last summer.
As well as being the club’s record signing, Haller can also be the man to make West Ham fans forget about Marko Arnautovic.
Haller was prolific last season, scoring 15 league goals and assisting nine times in just 23 starts and six substitute appearances.
With West Ham having allowed Arnautovic, Andy Carroll and Lucas Perez to leave, they were certainly in need of a new striker – though Haller is much more than someone who can help boost numbers.
He is 190cm tall, which is only 3cm smaller than Andy Carroll, though he blew the Englishman out of the water regarding aerial duels, winning 6.9 per match, compared to Carroll’s 3.8 – with the Frenchman also managing 1.3 key passes per game, with matches Arnautovic’s tally.
While there isn’t a guarantee he will be able to replicate this record in the Premier League – especially immediately – Haller’s numbers indicate he is a big step up in quality compared to those who have left London Stadium.
This is a superb signing for West Ham, as well as being a real signal of intent for the club moving forward, having also signed Pablo Fornals this transfer window.
The wait for a new striker has been a long one, but the club’s patience has paid off, with the Hammers now having a striker who can get the ball into the back of the net and bring his teammates into play.
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