The Irons beat off interest from Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich to land Seb Haller over the summer.
The reigning Bundesliga champions wanted Haller as back-up to frontline striker Robery Lewandowski and negotiated with Frankfurt over a deal according to a report at https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-7461385/West-Ham-outbid-Bayern-Munich-sign-striker-Sebastien-Haller-45m-Eintracht-Frankfurt.html.
However, the Hammers hit their record fee, which has to be paid back over a far shorter time period than is usually the case, to land the £45 million fee which Bayern were not willing to match
Now, having scored three times this season he is hopefully on his way towards again reaching the top 20 goals he managed at Eintracht Frankfurt last season.
Despite reportedly having him as a high priority target Bayern’s Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, sports director Hasan Salihamidzic, coach Niko Kovac and chief scout Marco Neppe, they opted against a move.
The Frenchman meanwhile could not have enjoyed a better start to life in the Premier League and has drawn praise from across the game’s entire spectrum.
It was a move described by one Hammers insider to CandH as seen as” crucial in reaching the top seven as this was a guy we believed had everything required of a top striker.”
He added: “There is little point in spending that sort of money to remain among the PL also rans and we now believe we have a line leader and a squad that will lift us into more exalted company.”