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Sydney_Iron 12:43 Tue Jul 16
Sebastien Haller - signed
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Hammers make Haller their record signing

West Ham United is delighted to announce the arrival of prolific French striker Sebastien Haller, the Club’s new record signing.



The highly sought-after forward, who turned 25 in June, joins the Hammers on a five-year deal with an option of a further 12 months for an undisclosed fee from German Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt.

The deal for Haller means the Hammers have broken their transfer record for a third time in a little over a year following the captures of Issa Diop and Felipe Anderson.

A German Cup winner with Eintracht in 2018, Haller becomes the Irons’ fourth summer signing and cannot wait to bring his considerable talents to London Stadium and the Premier League.

"I feel really great,” said the centre forward. “I think it’s a really good opportunity for me to be here.

"It means a lot (to be the record signing). It proves that the club [has] really wanted me for a long time. I felt this desire to sign me and I’m really happy to sign, also. it is an ambitious club, a nice club, a nice city and nice fans too

"For me I can guarantee that I will give 100% for the club because the club has given me this confidence and I will try to give it back every day in every game.

"I will always give 100% and respect the club. I think this is a normal thing and that I can guarantee. I know it’s a big transfer and there is a lot of expectation around me, and I just want to make people proud of this transfer and I will give everything I have."

Director of Football Mario Husillos said: “We are very pleased to welcome Sebastien and his family to West Ham United.

“It is no secret that we have been in the process of identifying a top class striker to add to the squad this summer, and much work has gone on behind the scenes to ensure that we were in a position to act once the right opportunity became available.

“Sebastien is a player we have been watching closely for some time - he has always been a key target and someone who myself, Manuel Pellegrini and David Sullivan were very keen to bring to the football club.

“He is a player with excellent pedigree and experience in three of Europe’s top leagues. His record at Eintracht Frankfurt in recent seasons has been up there with the top strikers in the Bundesliga, and we believe that his physical and technical qualities will be well suited to the Premier League.

“He is at the perfect moment for us, like many of the players who have arrived at the club in the past 12 months - young, with his best years still ahead of him, yet with good experience and proven at the highest level.

“It is also a big factor that Sebastien was very determined to become a West Ham United player. Our conversations proved that he has great desire and ambition to be successful here and it is clear he is greatly excited by the challenge ahead.”

He added: “The signing of Sebastien is a big investment and another clear signal of our ambition and desire to bring success to West Ham United and our supporters, and we look forward to seeing the big contribution he will make in the coming seasons.”

Haller, who will join up with his new teammates when they return from the Premier League Asia Trophy in China, has become one of European football’s hottest properties during an impressive career that has seen him score more than 100 goals for club and country.

Born in the Paris suburb of Ris-Orangis in June 1994, the schoolboy Haller played for local clubs FCO Vigneux and CS Bretigny before being scouted by Auxerre at the age of 13.

There, he came through the ranks, scoring regularly for the reserves, before making his first-team debut, a month after his 18th birthday, in a 2-0 Ligue 2 win over Nimes in July 2012.

After making more than 50 first-team appearances for Auxerre, the 6’3 centre forward was loaned to Utrecht on Christmas Eve 2014, going on to score eleven goals in just 17 appearances to win the Dutch Eredivisie club’s Player of the Year award.

A permanent move to Utrecht followed in summer 2015 and Haller rewarded his new employers with a further 40 goals over the next two seasons, earning him a move across the border to German side Eintracht Frankfurt.

There, he led the line in 2017/18, scoring 13 goals, before forging a potent partnership with Real Madrid-bound Luka Jovic last season, when he netted 19 times in all competitions, including five in the Germans’ run to the UEFA Europa League semi-finals.

At international level, Haller represented France at the FIFA U-17 World Cup finals in 2011 and has been capped at every age-group level, scoring 13 goals in 21 appearances for the U21s, and is tipped to earn senior honours in the future.

West Ham United would like to welcome Sebastian and his family to east London and wish him every success for his career in Claret and Blue.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Manuel 6:01 Fri Dec 6
Re: Sebastien Haller - signed
On The Ball 1:17 Fri Dec 6

Of course he's the latest scapegoat. He was expensive, he started well, now he hasn't scored for a while so he's a cunt.Forget the fact that we haven't created a chance for him for weeks. The cunt.''


What a truly pathetic post. All I have seen is fair, constructive criticism and no one has called him a cunt..well, apart from you. Sums you up, Ball.

Alex V 3:02 Fri Dec 6
Re: Sebastien Haller - signed
He's showing for the ball all the time - to get the most from him they have to feed him more often. It could be that the glut of AMs is just attracting so much of the supply that we end up with this cycle of non-penetrating possession football in the middle third.

Mex Martillo 2:33 Fri Dec 6
Re: Sebastien Haller - signed
I also don’t buy work rate, fitness or even putting in a shift. Trouble is what they do, too slow going forward, closing the ball down these are the problems.

Hammer and Pickle 2:33 Fri Dec 6
Re: Sebastien Haller - signed
Pellegrini’s stubborn insistence of playing this guy as a lone forward is the root of our current shocking form. It’s like he’s come to us by mistake.

Far Cough 2:24 Fri Dec 6
Re: Sebastien Haller - signed
He bought Fabianski but his first choice was Roberto I think?


Hahaha

Thames Ironworks 2:04 Fri Dec 6
Re: Sebastien Haller - signed
I don't see him as a clinical lone striker. He needs to partner with another forward to get the best from him. Clearly his mentality is to build up to a goal, playing one two passes and then go for goal.

I don't see him in the mould of Drogba, Lukaku, Van Nistelrooy etc.

Takashi Miike 2:03 Fri Dec 6
Re: Sebastien Haller - signed
did he buy fabianski? that's the only fucking one

Takashi Miike 2:02 Fri Dec 6
Re: Sebastien Haller - signed
haller's not the problem. every player the scarecrow cunt has bought has declined and got worse. name one player that's improved or been consistent under his management/coaching? there isn't any

goose 1:43 Fri Dec 6
Re: Sebastien Haller - signed
i dont buy this work rate business. he closes down the opposition centre backs when they have the ball but is out numbered more often than not (we have no idea how to press).
aside from that what do you want? you want him running channels? we never put the ball in the channels - to the point where i'd guess they are told not to.
they play it into him, he holds it up and plays it simple (most of the time)......... and then we go backwards, backwards, sideways.

what more can he do?

Mex Martillo 1:41 Fri Dec 6
Re: Sebastien Haller - signed
Good player, too much passing back and not enough taking people on and passing forward is the problem we have without Antonio.

Golden Oldie 1:24 Fri Dec 6
Re: Sebastien Haller - signed
When standing around in the box doing fuck all else while expecting a ball to land in reach of your toe simply isn't enough for a 45M record signing

Nick QQQ 1:23 Fri Dec 6
Re: Sebastien Haller - signed
He's a decent player. We rarely get the ball into the box and as we saw against Wolves sideway passes in the centre circle aint going to get goals.
We lack creativity, he's a striker on his own not sure what people expect him to do.

camel-with-3-humps 1:22 Fri Dec 6
Re: Sebastien Haller - signed
Scapegoat? That’s not the issue at stake.

The issue at stake is his poor work rate. He’s simply not working hard enough. That’s unacceptable for a bloke on £100,000 per week.

On The Ball 1:17 Fri Dec 6
Re: Sebastien Haller - signed
Of course he's the latest scapegoat. He was expensive, he started well, now he hasn't scored for a while so he's a cunt.

Forget the fact that we haven't created a chance for him for weeks. The cunt.

alfs barnet 1:03 Fri Dec 6
Re: Sebastien Haller - signed
goose wrote...

i thought he was ok at Wolves.
some poor touches but some nice.

i cant remember the last time we created a chance for him.


This.

goose 12:34 Fri Dec 6
Re: Sebastien Haller - signed
i thought he was ok at Wolves.
some poor touches but some nice.

i cant remember the last time we created a chance for him.

diehardhammer 12:30 Fri Dec 6
Re: Sebastien Haller - signed
looked alright the first few games because anderson and musuaku attacked down the left and gave him proper service

now for some reason musuaku been ostracised

Dr Matt 12:26 Fri Dec 6
Re: Sebastien Haller - signed
Deck the Haller with some work rate, fa la la la laaa, la la la laaa!

Tis the season to run for your team mates, fa la la la laaa, la la la laaa!

ak37 12:26 Fri Dec 6
Re: Sebastien Haller - signed
It’s all very well to say he needs a strike partner but that will make the midfield light.
I would expect a £40million forward to be able to play as a lone striker. His first couple of games he looked alright.

diehardhammer 12:23 Fri Dec 6
Re: Sebastien Haller - signed
i see haller is the latest scape goat

New Jersey 12:17 Fri Dec 6
Re: Sebastien Haller - signed
At the moment he really is no better than those no mark South Americans, Sulli used to like to take a punt on!

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