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Hammers beat off rivalry from German giants

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.

Sebastien Haller joined West Ham this summer despite interest from Bayern Munich

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.”

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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