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Hammers in heavy Haller pay off

West Ham are reported as having to hand Seb Haller a big pay-off to make the move to Ajax.

The French striker faced a big drop in wages as a result of his move to Holland and website 90Min reported the club forked out in order to make the deal happen.

The understanding is that the Irons were forced to pay around £3 million  to the flop striker – a  bitter pill to swallow after losing around £22 million plus on what they had paid for him from Germany.

90 minutes claim Haller was being paid £130k a week but with Ajax only able to pay £90,000, the Hammers handed over the £3m to the striker ensure he would move on.

Haller joined Ajax for €22m (£20.2m) last week with instalments paid equally over four years.

Haller has made a total of 53 appearances for the Irons and has scored 14 goals, with 10 coming in the Premier League.

The Hammers are reported to have agreed on a club-record transfer fee as high as £45m with Frankfurt in 2019 with up to £11m still outstanding to the German club.

If the report is accurate it means that West Ham were forced to give out the majority of the £4m they received up front from Ajax with much of the remainder going to agents and intermediaries who  brokered the transfer.

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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

14 comments on “Hammers in heavy Haller pay off

  1. Pity he wasn’t so diligent on the pitch. For us mere mortals just pause for a moment, think of your annual income, then repeat out loud 130 grand a WEEK! Thats a lot even if had been really really good….

  2. No point blaming Haller. These latest stories that C&H is running – covering Haller and Anderson – lay bare the ineptitude of Pellegrini and the GSB folly of appointing him, just after dumping Moyes first time around, and then giving the Pellegrini carte blanche on transfers. Getting rid of Moyes in 2018 has set us back years. Feels to me like Moyes would have spent the £100m or so Pellegrini much more wisely. Maybe the new additions to the Board this week will improve decision making!

  3. Just another statistic in the failed transfer dealings column that West Ham have excelled at over the last decade!
    No doubt Felipe Anderson will be another major kick in the financial nuts when he moves on.

  4. Can’t believe were not replacing Haller and that we’re only relying on Antonio who’s still not 100%. Should’ve charged the new board members for the position nepots or not.

  5. You couldn’t make it up. 🤬
    Pellegrini – what a disaster for our club.
    Still, it’s done now, we must look to the future.

  6. Hopefully now we have people with better judgement giving advice on player acquisition and finance. I don’t really care who the gang in charge want to give their money to – their money, their kicks, their loss. Just as when they get it right – their money, their kicks, their financial satisfaction. Add this one to the money wasted on Jack Wilshere and looks like they did a poor job. I would prefer to surround myself with realistic advisers who share my realistic dream. Looks like that’s what they might be doing at the moment, The current management team, David, Alan, Paul, Kevin and Stuart (apologies to those I’ve left out), are doing a great job. The likes of Dawson may not match some people’s ideas of where we need to go, but he’s looking good for the outlay now. Long may stability and improvement continue.
    Shame about the money but it wasn’t Seb Haller’s fault he was drawn into this fiasco.

  7. Tottenham fan Sean strikes again.

  8. I was under the impression Hugh / Sean that we didn’t actually pay anywhere near the quoted 45 Million for Haller. I don’t know how true it was but I remember reading about someone who was close to a Eintract Frankfurt Director who implied the fee was nowhere near that sum

  9. I was delighted when Pellegrini got the job .
    I imagine the majority of fans were too . I
    Am no fan of GSB , but the disaster that was the Pellegrini era is not in them .
    They gave him hands on control and he messed it up . We are paying the price now and probably for some time to come .
    Scandalous really how much of a fraud Pellegrini turned out to be .

  10. Seems mad to pay him £3m to leave especially with £5m up front then instalments. So really only got £2m so far & sure we owe Frankfurt money. Done well there already bc suits Hagg’s style a goal & 2 assists in game in half. Not again sell though I do rate him but seems if he wanted to go & as fast as it happened we shouldn’t of had to paid £3m to him to go.
    £90k would make him top earner at AJAX if basic think Tadic is on £50_60k. Think AJAX should of covers that on their end even if making our fee bigger. Their young player in loan at Twente is happy either bc was told of did well he would get regular games & has 11 goals 5 assists.
    Why was he on £130k I didn’t think he was highest earner thought he was on around £90k basic anyway which is double what made at Frankfurt. With Yarmo on £115k too who I would shift if we could too take £4-5m & get Olise, Bright Samuels or King or CM.
    Was there a sell on clause in Haller’s deal? Probably not but should be if he does well in UCL with Ajax could get another move bc still 26…
    Again sell makes sense but think we could of don’t better on deal

  11. While we have taken a hit on Haller, it might have been worse if he stayed with us and spent most of his time on the bench until his contract ran out – which is where we might be with Felipe Anderson

    It is not teh first time (Freddie Ljunburg comes to mind, Titi Camara) and we are not the first club (Alexis Sanchez at Man U and Mesut Ozil at Arsenal are just two expensive players where teh club eventually takes a loss)

    The important thing is to be more prudent in future recruitment – which seems to be the case now under Moyes – hopefully we can get in a value for money striker before the end of the window

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