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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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daveyg 1:04 Sat Aug 17
Re: Sebastien Haller - signed
pellegrini not as clever as I thought.
Noble training though I see with no strappings around his calf or leg.
Maybe he'll be on the bench.
Holland training with the 1st team so probably Anderson out.
Heller I thnk will make it..(hoping ! )

ironsofcanada 2:05 Fri Aug 16
Re: Sebastien Haller - signed
daveyg 11:07 Thu Aug 15

well don't see him here


When Winston Reid is training and you're not...

ludo21 1:10 Fri Aug 16
Re: Sebastien Haller - signed
Just give Ajeti a run out.... he's match fit having already played and scored in CL qualifiers for Basel.

In fact I predict that Ajeti will prove to be the better signing in the long run.

Taps nose...

Sven Roeder 11:28 Thu Aug 15
Re: Sebastien Haller - signed
If I was a manager I’d give the same update every week ... Everyone is available for selection. Tell ‘em nothing.
Press: Has so and so trained this week?
Sven the manager: None of your business

Mr Anon 11:16 Thu Aug 15
Re: Sebastien Haller - signed
Injured after one game, proper hammer.

Sajmo1 11:10 Thu Aug 15
Re: Sebastien Haller - signed
Pellegrini learning from pep? Lol

daveyg 11:07 Thu Aug 15
Re: Sebastien Haller - signed
I'm hoping Pellegrini is learning from Pep. In that he's covering up his player's availablility. Pellegrini needs to be a bit smarter in calling opposing manager's bluff.He's got a bit of cover here as Anderson went of inured.
There's been no photos from the club or other sources of the players training this week. A possible sign of giving nothing away to the opposition. I know most fans like to see the players having fun and training hard but I'll rather the opposing team doesn't know how we will line up or who's fit.

Sven Roeder 10:38 Thu Aug 15
Re: Sebastien Haller - signed
From what I read of Pellegrinis comments he said Haller and Anderson are recovering from ‘kicks’ they got in the City game.
Said he has ‘doubts’ about them but sounded a bit low key. A knock rather than an injury.

I thought Noble had a dead leg but seems it’s a calf injury and he won’t train til next week.

gank 10:31 Thu Aug 15
Re: Sebastien Haller - signed
Interesting, I just had my sixth Bishop's Finger. It's my 2nd favourite beer and is currently £1.25 in Tesco or £1.20 in Aldi.

I don't have any more but it's still early. I have a Co-Op in walking distance that sells it but that's 3 for £5 and I begrudge that in comparison.

Bishopsfinger 10:24 Thu Aug 15
Re: Sebastien Haller - signed
He will.be fit dont you worry.

Sajmo1 9:41 Thu Aug 15
Re: Sebastien Haller - signed
Haller is a fucking beast he will play on sat.

nychammer 9:14 Thu Aug 15
Re: Sebastien HALLER - signed
So we’re up and running on the “injuries to key players” front!

SUM A DING WONG 7:43 Thu Aug 15
Re: Sebastien HALLER - signed
No, Capitol. He has an STD, not PTSD

It came from a night out down Sugar Hut, last weekend.

It will take at least 2 weeks for his balls to shrink down and the pain to go away.

I know, bollocks, eh.

selecta 7:36 Thu Aug 15
Re: Sebastien HALLER - signed
Why is anyone surprised!

Keep dreaming 5:49 Thu Aug 15
Re: Sebastien HALLER - signed

Capitol Man 5:23 Thu Aug 15
Re: Sebastien HALLER - signed
PTSD from last weekend?

dealcanvey 5:17 Thu Aug 15
Re: Sebastien HALLER - signed
Doubt for Saturday. As is Anderson.

blueeyed.handsomeman 11:53 Wed Aug 14
Re: Sebastien HALLER - signed
HALLER with a little bit more aggression will be thecomplete central striker,a q uicksilver young goalpoaching twofooted in our machday squad would be a very usefull acquisition,

ironsofcanada 5:24 Wed Aug 14
Re: Sebastien HALLER - signed
We will probably see what we saw last year, two strikers for some games and parts of games.

It worked against a handful of teams.

Jasnik 5:17 Wed Aug 14
Re: Sebastien HALLER - signed
I think Chicharito will actually be a good with Haller.
As he is the goal poacher that Haller will give the chances to.

Eggbert Nobacon 3:01 Wed Aug 14
Re: Sebastien HALLER - signed
blueeyed.handsomeman 6:48 Wed Aug 14
Re: Sebastien HALLER - signed
We need two more primarily goalscoring frontmen of differing styles to enable our squad greater versatility

on top of Chicharito and Ajeti?

so you want 5 players for what is more often than not one place in the team

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