Report: Hammers pay €40m for Haller

West Ham are tonight being reported as being close to doing a deal for Eintracht Frankfurt hitman Sebastian Haller.

The news has been broken by Italian journalist Nicola Schira of Gazzeto Dello Sport- a guy with a decent record on top transfer news.

He claims that the Hammers have paid €40 million for the 25 year old who was also being tracked by Manchester United scouts

Haller, who has two years remaining on his Frankfurt deal, gave little away when questioned about his future earlier in the week.

He told Kicker: “I’ve heard many things about my future, but nothing new happened. I’m here and happy.  That cannot mean anything and everything and I have said before that life is about opportunities.”

He added:  “Even if there was an offer, only the club and I would know.”

Interestingly the news broke just after freelance journalist Richard Jones in looking at targets who might interest the Hammers gave him a 10 out 10 rating on ClaretandHugh.

He wrote:  “He thinks quickly, a lot quicker than most strikers do. He’s good with both feet, has the cheek to score penalties with both feet. He’s tall and strong, holds up the ball very well and is also good at playing runners in.

For a big guy he is pretty agile, scored some overhead kicks, technically can pull off some nice goals! For the type of Striker Manuel Pellegrini seems to desire, I personally cannot think of anyone better.

I rate him more than Maxi Gomez, I rate him more than most strikers of his ilk. I’m very confident he would do great in the Premier League.

He’s a calm collected finisher, in his overall play there is a touch of class to everything he does.

If Frankfurt would sell at a price of 30-40m he would be well worth the money.”



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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

12 comments on “Report: Hammers pay €40m for Haller

  1. If that is true we have flown under the radar with that one, and snatched him from under the nose of Man Utd! How often can we say that has happened!

    Please be true!

  2. If he has the nous of German football which is more akin to the Prem then I am all for him, good age and according to above recommendation Yesss.

  3. The date stamp on that article is 29th March.

  4. Some positive news, what a steal. Pair with Hernandez still need a third striker, some good ones out there on a free.

  5. If it’s to be believed the Gomez story has more turns then a multi story car park, it could be back on again, do we have a British voice that’s herd him say he doesn’t want to play for us?? Or are Valencia after moving the goalposts again. Move On.

  6. Why is the text message dated 29 March???

  7. If this is true I am very happy, he seems to be as good if not better an acquisition than gomez

  8. Nothing about this anywhere except saying he isn’t interested & bloody GOMEZ still won’t go away.
    Now we want Higuain (31) on loan but Juventus want £40m now…
    Another day in the utterly ridiculous life of being a WHU supporter

  9. So Sean,Is it true or not ???

  10. Rumours that this guy has turned us down because “he can do better” .

    You need great players to win things, but in order to get great players you have to win things.

  11. Guys please don’t believe every article you read, as you get your hopes up and then get angry it didn’t happen. The truth is, yes he is one of a number of players we have looked at. But this is a long way from a done deal. Truth is it’s very unlikely to happen, so don’t get your hopes up.

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