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EXCLUSIVE: Hammers reject Haller CL escape clause bid

CandH Exclusive By Hugh Southon

West Ham have resisted an escape clause being written into Sebastien Haller’s contract with the club which could have seen him leave after his first season.

The German press have insisted that the striker is only set to join the Hammers on the basis of a clause which would allow him to move on if a Champions League club move in on him at the end of the next campaign.

Lawyers representing the player raised the issue during yesterday’s negotiations but it was firmly rejected and will not be in any final contract the club strike with Haller.

The negotiations are among the toughest ever conducted by the club and are being led by co chairman David Sullivan in London.

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And  with his medical complete and the deal now well advanced, there is a serious hope that the player will become a Hammer by lunchtime today.

A Hammers insider told ClaretandHugh exclusively by e mail: ” The player’s lawyer tried but it was rejected out of hand by the club. We really are hopeful all will be completed by lunchtime.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

6 comments on “EXCLUSIVE: Hammers reject Haller CL escape clause bid

  1. That’s a worrying piece of news Hugh. Puts some doubt about his reasons for coming now.

    • He may not have asked for it himself and it could just be his lawyer pushing for everything and anything he can get to create more money in the future, on the basis of , don’t ask, don’t get.
      Hopefully we cross the line today 🤞⚒

  2. Perhaps after this season, and he takes his goals, he’ll be at a CL club already!! #COYI

    • Common sense needs to prevail here for Haller. When he signs for us he’ll be signing for the greatest club he’ll ever play for. The traditional CL teams, Arsenal, Chelski and Manure are all in free fall. We have a world class stadium, not just a ground, a proven champion coach who is proving his worth with phenominal signings, a club showing ambition, improvement and determination and a fan base second to none in the best, most competitive league in the world.
      Bring on the new season. COYI ⚒⚒

  3. Until Fifa and UEFA wrest some control of the game from the big clubs and enforce a salary cap, this is inevitable. Of course he wants CL football. But there has to be a release clause of twice the fee paid and agents should be forced to repay their fees if player breaks contract.

  4. Put like that Andy,where do i sign. COYI.

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