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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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martyboy 2:04 Sat Dec 28
Re: Sebastien Haller - signed
Haller is your typical Frenchman, does the bare minimum. Lazy Frenchman.

southbankbornnbred 12:33 Sat Dec 28
Re: Sebastien Haller - signed
Sajmo - that's a rabvit hole you don't want to travel down, mate.

ANY top-class player, and certainly any top-class striker, will tell you that goal-scoring is about reading the game well. And we're not blind, mate, we have seen the games that Haller has played in - he has had chances and he has had the opportunity to put himself in places where he would be more effective. He does not work hard enough to be a consistent problem for defences.

southbankbornnbred 12:30 Sat Dec 28
Re: Sebastien Haller - signed
All well and good, Johnny, and you did indeed call it back in September, but where were you with this info BEFORE we signed the dopey cunt?


Sajmo1 12:29 Sat Dec 28
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"good striker reads the game well"
What game? All we do is move the ball sideways

GBHammer63 12:29 Sat Dec 28
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For what it’s worth, I think the partnership between Haller and Hernandez could have been special. Very hard for Haller to get an understanding of how Antonio plays when Antonio probably doesn’t understand how Antonio plays ( even though you can’t fault the energy).

Square pegs in round holes is the West Ham way. Unfortunately from the very top to bottom.

JOHNNY V 12:28 Sat Dec 28
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I don’t like to gloat but can we now say I was right when I called this back in September and got slaughtered, when you have no pace your movement has to be top notch. He may score the odd tap in or scuffed shot, he is decent technically has a nice touch but we have had our pants pulled down for 45 million. The signs were there even in the Norwich match at home, by far our best performance of the season he could have bagged a hatful but his movement in the box was non existent.

zico 12:25 Sat Dec 28
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Typical West Ham and their recruitment really. Get rid of Hernandez and Carroll two strikers who can't really play up front on their own and buy Haller who can't really play up front on their own!!

Obviously then the obvious tactical change would be to play two up front but we forgot to strengthen our midfield to allow that. We look slow and lightweight in midfield with five there let alone four, and let us not forget that to supply Haller we have wide men who prefer to cut inside and lose the ball rather than drive outside and cross the bloody thing!!

The irony is that with a fit Antonio driving down the right and even dare I say it Masuaku as a winger running down the left crossing balls into the middle for a Haller/Hernandez we may have done ok BUT you need a stronger central midfield for that and if you had say Rice as one option, as much as I love Noble none of the other options cut it in a tight CM two.

southbankbornnbred 12:24 Sat Dec 28
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I think the "best" thing we can hope for with Haller is that Pellegrini is his problem - that he is somehow not responding to what Manny wants from him, and that he will improve considerably under a different manager demanding slightly different from him tactically.

But he is currently very poor for a £45m striker. Very poor indeed.

Kaiser Zoso 12:23 Sat Dec 28
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He runs around less than Arnie

Pointless if he’s not going to put any effort in. Fuck knows how he scored 20 goals in a season in Germany, he’ll rinse West Ham when we cut our losses on him going back there.

southbankbornnbred 12:20 Sat Dec 28
Re: Sebastien Haller - signed
Sajmo - utter nonsense, I'm afraid.

I watched Trevor Morley bag many more goals than Haller when he had the likes of Mark Robson supposedly supplying him. Cottee knocked in 15 goals a season, even when he came back, when we had some poor "creative" players.

Good strikers, with good movement, who read the game well...they make things happen. Especially for £45m.

Sajmo1 12:15 Sat Dec 28
Re: Sebastien Haller - signed
How does a striker scores or assist if he doesn't get the ball? Imagine being a striker and linking up with fredericks, cresswell, snodgrass and fornals who definitely isn't a winger. Even Lewa would struggle in this team. Without Manu, Felipe and Arthur we can't create shit and that's a fact. I'd add Yarmo to that list but he is never 100% fit..

Willtell 12:03 Sat Dec 28
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Yes what a disappointment he's turned out to be. When I first saw his You Tube highlights I was impressed. He's clearly got a twin brother that substituted for him...

southbankbornnbred 11:58 Sat Dec 28
Re: Sebastien Haller - signed
Not in any game for long enough, this fella.

He has only ever provided us with fleeting glimpses of his talent - and for £45m that is simply not good enough.

Let's the game just pass him by too often - and it's easy to forget he's on the pitch (like with Fornals). He is off the pace in England and seems unable to cope with this league. I hope I'm wrong, but he needs to buck his ideas up quickly.

And it is not enough for fans to say that he's not getting the service. While there is a small element of truth in that with any striker, we all know from past Premier League history that good and great strikers make things happen even when their team-mates are having poor days. Shearer, Fowler, Drogba, Rooney, Aguero, Kane etc: they had/have a way of making something happen even when the game is not going their way.

They were all top-class strikers, and I'm not saying that we should always compare Haller or our strikers with them. But when the game is not going well for West Ham, Haller just disappears. We've had strikers down the years who have never given in to that: Cottee, Ashton and even the likes of Zamora and, dare I say, even Carlton. They would work their way into the game - and nab a messy goal for it.

Judging by performances so far, Haller is not even worth a fraction of what we paid for him. He needs a rocket up his backside - and to understand what playing for this club demands.

Mex Martillo 9:46 Fri Dec 27
Re: Sebastien Haller - signed
You know he will score given a chance, but he’s not creating chances like Antonio

Admiral Lard 10:30 Thu Dec 26
Re: Sebastien Haller - signed
His only real contribution, which was significant, was the header from from Jimenez to Antonio for our goal.

Other than that he contributed little of note. £45m seems a very high price to pay for a man the cannot fit into whatever system we are trying to play

Far Cough 9:41 Thu Dec 26
Re: Sebastien Haller - signed
Radford never scored for us, how many has Haller scored?

1964 8:09 Thu Dec 26
Re: Sebastien Haller - signed
John Radford anyone.

master 7:53 Thu Dec 26
Re: Sebastien Haller - signed
A competent coach would've explained that to him

JimmyT 7:12 Thu Dec 26
Re: Sebastien Haller - signed
Doesn’t put himself about as much as I’d like. If he had a fraction of Antonio’s desire, he’d be a very good player.

Lee Trundle 7:09 Thu Dec 26
Re: Sebastien HALLER - signed
Nowhere near our worst player today.

The Hammers 7:07 Thu Dec 26
Re: Sebastien HALLER - signed
45m down the drain.

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