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Sydney_Iron 12:43 Tue Jul 16
Sebastien Haller - signed

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.

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Block 10:22 Thu Feb 20
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Haller is used to playing in a front 3, not up top on his own expected to chase balls down and have the whole attacking work load on his own.

diehardhammer 10:21 Thu Feb 20
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funny how antonio looked isolated on his own last night

once again it's shit tactics to blame not haller.

Mex Martillo 7:13 Thu Feb 20
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Will he fight to get his place back?

Troy McClure 8:26 Wed Feb 19
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Pretty slim. Dropped to bench

southbankbornnbred 7:54 Wed Feb 19
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Anyway, naturally I hope he scores a hat-trick tonight.

But what are the chances?

southbankbornnbred 7:51 Wed Feb 19
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Btw, it's his obvious attitude that winds people up more than anything.

Haller is lazy. There is no escaping it - unless he ups his effort, energy, fitness and work rate.

You cannot get away with such a poor work rate in the Premier League - and you can't pull the wool over our fans' eyes when it comes to that. Even if he lacked quality, as we all know, our lot can be very forgiving towards players who work their socks off. Just look at CFC.

Haller often does quite the opposite. He looks disengaged and reluctant very often. He would do well to have a long chat with Carlton.

southbankbornnbred 7:45 Wed Feb 19
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I doubt that any real West Ham fan would want him - or any player - to fail. Generally speaking, I want any player who pulls on a West Ham shirt to do well.

But by the same token, I'm not some happy-clappy child who rolls-out the club's PR line at every opportunity. We're realists. The strength of our fanbase is that we call it as we see it and we always have. Many of us are absolutely gobsmacked that the club spent £45m on Haller, given what we have seen this season.

He has been horrifically poor far too often - and the odd goal against the likes of Southampton doesn't paper over the cracks. Speak to any decent football journalist and/or pundit and they'll tell you the same thing. It's almost impossible to make an argument that he has been anything like value for money: not even close.

I received a text message from an old football-related mate of mine this afternoon, after I enquired after his health. Completely out of the blue, unprovoked, he said Haller was 'the laziest forward I've seen in an age'.

This guy knows his onions, for reasons I won't explain on here. But that gives you a sense of how he is viewed based on his performances so far.

But he's not the only big money signing who has underperformed massively, granted. I'm sure we were expecting a lot more from many others.

Btw, being the third best player in a team heading for relegation is not exactly CV mayterial. ;-)

diehardhammer 5:31 Wed Feb 19
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New Jersey 4:08 Wed Feb 19

not like he scored the winner against southampton or anything in a 2...

sounds like a lot of you want the bloke to fail.

without hallers 7 goals/assists we'd be bottom for sure.

Also worth nothing neutral football statistics site Whoscored rate him as our 3rd best player

New Jersey 4:08 Wed Feb 19
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4/1 to score tonight with skybet, I would have thought 40/1 was more like it! Mind you if Moyes plays him upfront in a two, he apparently becomes a world beater!

southbankbornnbred 2:39 Wed Feb 19
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Troy McClure 1:04 Wed Feb 19
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Any danger of this mardy prick breaking sweat tonight?

ironsofcanada 12:52 Wed Feb 19
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diehardhammer 12:42 Wed Feb 19

I watched and watch Bayern pretty closely for national reasons and Kovac wilted very hard and quick under big pressure (and I am very glad he did).

I also think we should be looking for managers that see us as an ambitious step up rather than than a rebuild location after a failed gig.

Manuel 12:44 Wed Feb 19
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Yes maybe, but maybe time to move on from talking about him now? These pricks only had a shortlist of one once the Chilean fraudster left.

southbankbornnbred 12:43 Wed Feb 19
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Besides, it’s all utterly irrelevant right now. Moyes is under contract and has only a very short period in which to prevent our relegation.

This is a club staring down the barrel of a gun. If we get relegated, which appears quite likely at this point, then the likes of Kovac would not be interested anyway.

We’re lumped with Moyes and his ragtag back room staff cobbled together on a pittance. Somehow, they’ve got to figure out how to secure enough points to keep us up - or he’ll be out of a job, most likely, too.

diehardhammer 12:42 Wed Feb 19
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Manuel 12:28 Wed Feb 19

because he was a perfect fit and it was beyond stupid of the club to ignore him

southbankbornnbred 12:36 Wed Feb 19
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Mark my words, Kovac is going to be a come and go merchant.

His methods rely on an unforgiving conditioning regime and he managed to alienate Bayern’s players in record time. That will happen again elsewhere.

He is not the answer. He will bounce around clubs - some with success and others not - in the next ten years.

Manuel 12:28 Wed Feb 19
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diiehard - Why do you keep harping on about Kovac when then that potential ship sailed long ago?

diehardhammer 12:19 Wed Feb 19
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sean whetstone said on his podcast that Kovac expressed an interest in speaking to the club but they never contacted him.

Comparing Kovac to bilic is just madness. 4 trophies in 3 years, dont think bilic has ever won anything.

The big fish out of water comment doesnt make sense either, Saved frankfurt from relegation in first season before taking them to midtable and german cup final the next season then on to europe and cup win.

not a come and have a go merchant at all, Kovac actually had better stats that Guardiola for bayern as manager

Haller did have a better season after kovac left but that was his second season and was settled in germany fully

ironsofcanada 12:13 Wed Feb 19
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diehardhammer 12:08 Wed Feb 19

Why would Kovac come here after Bayern?

(And Haller had a better year after Kovac left)

southbankbornnbred 12:13 Wed Feb 19
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Moyes was a terrible choice, I agree.

But Kovac was not the answer. A poor man’s Bilic. Didn’t last five minutes at Bayern for good reason and would be a fish out of water at a big club in England.

Another come and go merchant. We need stability, and a manager with a long-term vision for this club. The problem is, we do t have owners with that outlook. They just want the club to keep its head above water every year before they sell up in 2023.

Stubbo 12:12 Wed Feb 19
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This is obviously going off topic, but is an interesting article from Moyes' first time around with us and the state of the club:


Sadly, 2 years later and on the second go around with Moyes it all still holds true.

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