Irons up Haller bid amid growing confidence


West Ham are increasingly confident that they are set to sign Sebastien Haller after upping their bid to €45 million plus add ons.

Frankfurt Eintracht are driving the hardest of bargains for the 25 year old – currently rated as one of the top strikers in Europe.

ClaretandHugh understands they are insisting the entire fee is paid within 18 months rather than over the usual three to four year terms agreed between most clubs on major transfers.

Initially, the Bundesliga outfit wanted 75 per cent of the fee inside the next six months but have relented slightly during talks over the last 24 hours.

The player is keen to put pen to paper and the Irons are hopeful a conclusion to the deal could now be imminent.

Frankfurt are keen to see another club become involved in order to push up the price but as things stand the deal is moving closer to the Hammers.

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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!"

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  • Whammer1 says:

    Just get it done and dusted and get the photo out for all to see PLEASE PLEASE COYI

  • Ajay says:

    According to Sky, he is on his way for a medical so hopefully just the formalities now.

    Hugh, given the size of the fee plus what we’ve already spent on Fornals, do you think we will still chase another striker and if so who?

  • Bin a bit toed up with this one mate. . Probably need one but we will need board to go personal funds to do haller so…..

  • Dom says:

    Personally I think we need a left back or a midfielder more than a third striker. With Haller first choice or as a two with Hernandez, I’m happy for Antonio to be the third striker with Silva getting some game time. We have goal scoring midfielders so I don’t see another striker as vital. Even a Sturridge as another option is probably worth a punt (wages dependent) for a couple of seasons. Not ideal but needs must. Top striker and I have no problem with bringing him in if we aren’t relying on his fitness. The wages need to be right though, no more than Carroll was earning.

    I do however think a box to box midfielder and a left back are more important I’d love us to find another Balbuena type for under 5m to flesh out those positions.

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