Hammers director of football Mario Husillos has revealed that a move for Sebastin Haller has been on the cards for some time this summer.
The impression had been given that Maxi Gomez was the only show in town but after clinching the French striker’s signature Husillos spoke of the interest he, the manager and David Sullivan had held in the Frankfurt player.
The general reaction on the signing among the fans has been hugely positive with most appearing to believe the 25 year old is a far more preferable option to the former Celta Vigo front man and Husillos has expressed his own delight after the deal was completed.
The dof is currently with the squad in China and following the defeat by Manchester City he spoke of desire and ambition being shown by the Hammers ahead of the new season.
Whether there will be more high profile signings is now doubtful but Husillos appears to believe we now have a squad with which to go to war.
He is quoted in the Mirror @https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/west-ham-chief-says-45m-18332166 as saying: “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.
“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, [manager] Manuel Pellegrini and [co-owner] 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.”