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Sydney_Iron 12:43 Tue Jul 16
Sebastien Haller - signed

Hammers make Haller their record signing

West Ham United is delighted to announce the arrival of prolific French striker Sebastien Haller, the Club’s new record signing.

The highly sought-after forward, who turned 25 in June, joins the Hammers on a five-year deal with an option of a further 12 months for an undisclosed fee from German Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt.

The deal for Haller means the Hammers have broken their transfer record for a third time in a little over a year following the captures of Issa Diop and Felipe Anderson.

A German Cup winner with Eintracht in 2018, Haller becomes the Irons’ fourth summer signing and cannot wait to bring his considerable talents to London Stadium and the Premier League.

"I feel really great,” said the centre forward. “I think it’s a really good opportunity for me to be here.

"It means a lot (to be the record signing). It proves that the club [has] really wanted me for a long time. I felt this desire to sign me and I’m really happy to sign, also. it is an ambitious club, a nice club, a nice city and nice fans too

"For me I can guarantee that I will give 100% for the club because the club has given me this confidence and I will try to give it back every day in every game.

"I will always give 100% and respect the club. I think this is a normal thing and that I can guarantee. I know it’s a big transfer and there is a lot of expectation around me, and I just want to make people proud of this transfer and I will give everything I have."

Director of Football Mario Husillos said: “We are very pleased to welcome Sebastien and his family to West Ham United.

“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, Manuel Pellegrini and 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.

“He is at the perfect moment for us, like many of the players who have arrived at the club in the past 12 months - young, with his best years still ahead of him, yet with good experience and proven at the highest level.

“It is also a big factor that Sebastien was very determined to become a West Ham United player. Our conversations proved that he has great desire and ambition to be successful here and it is clear he is greatly excited by the challenge ahead.”

He added: “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.”

Haller, who will join up with his new teammates when they return from the Premier League Asia Trophy in China, has become one of European football’s hottest properties during an impressive career that has seen him score more than 100 goals for club and country.

Born in the Paris suburb of Ris-Orangis in June 1994, the schoolboy Haller played for local clubs FCO Vigneux and CS Bretigny before being scouted by Auxerre at the age of 13.

There, he came through the ranks, scoring regularly for the reserves, before making his first-team debut, a month after his 18th birthday, in a 2-0 Ligue 2 win over Nimes in July 2012.

After making more than 50 first-team appearances for Auxerre, the 6’3 centre forward was loaned to Utrecht on Christmas Eve 2014, going on to score eleven goals in just 17 appearances to win the Dutch Eredivisie club’s Player of the Year award.

A permanent move to Utrecht followed in summer 2015 and Haller rewarded his new employers with a further 40 goals over the next two seasons, earning him a move across the border to German side Eintracht Frankfurt.

There, he led the line in 2017/18, scoring 13 goals, before forging a potent partnership with Real Madrid-bound Luka Jovic last season, when he netted 19 times in all competitions, including five in the Germans’ run to the UEFA Europa League semi-finals.

At international level, Haller represented France at the FIFA U-17 World Cup finals in 2011 and has been capped at every age-group level, scoring 13 goals in 21 appearances for the U21s, and is tipped to earn senior honours in the future.

West Ham United would like to welcome Sebastian and his family to east London and wish him every success for his career in Claret and Blue.

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geoffpikey 3:49 Tue Feb 18
Re: Sebastien Haller - signed
Agree with what many have said. He's on a hiding to nothing the way we're set up. Get Antonio in there with him, Bowen/Anderson behind.

Would we be exposed in midfield? Possibly. But it's shit or bust time. We need to score goals and WIN games. He needs help. At the moment, he's as effective as when we played Hernandez as lone striker. It's pretty pointless. Literally.

Forest Gate Ugly 3:37 Tue Feb 18
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Got talking with an Eintracht Frankfurt Fan last summer just after we’d bought him. For what it’s worth, he said Haller was bang average in his first season with them but justified persisting with once he’d settled. I suspect though that our system of buying whatever agents are selling regardless of whether the player fits our system or our needs means we’ll never see if he’s any good till he’s playing for someone else.

Swiss. 3:20 Tue Feb 18
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Good player in a shit team with shit tactics. Low on confidence and motivation. Can't blame him really. Must thinking what the fuck I've ended up with.

diehardhammer 3:05 Tue Feb 18
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chim chim cha boo 2:54 Tue Feb 18

yeah fair point agree there.

Not saying haller is perfect of course, just feel like his confidence is being held back by poor tactics.

Looked the £45m player against saints with a strike partner

Aberdeen Iron 3:02 Tue Feb 18
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If he'd cost a couple million I'd be happy with his performances. However...

chim chim cha boo 2:54 Tue Feb 18
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diehardhammer 2:43 Tue Feb 18

Not sure that I agree with you there. When he first arrived he won every single aerial challenge and usually laid the ball off intelligently but now I'd say it's about 50/50 which is a sign of a player suffering from low confidence.

The thing that really fucks me off (and it's so easy to see live) is that when we've got the ball and look to play a forward pass no matter how much space he's got he's never seemed to be considered an option.

Now I am not a player or manager but the first thing I would probably say to Anderson, Cresswell, Noble or anyone else who likes to play a forward pass is 'why don't you try and get the ball to our forty-five million pound centre-forward?'

crystal falace 2:48 Tue Feb 18
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Haller has won the most headers int he league so far and its nowhere near close he's at least 50 ahead of the next guy when i saw the stat about 2/3 games ago.

Admittedly he does have an awful lot more long balls to challenge for than most other players.

diehardhammer 2:43 Tue Feb 18
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haller wins nearly every aerial dual but no one is there to pick them up. nothing to do with battling

again poor tactics from moyes

Full Claret Jacket 2:42 Tue Feb 18
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A Moyes team is certainly going to put the ball in the air a lot more than the passing philosophy of Pellegrini. He is supposed to be decent in the air. Can he motivate him to battle harder? I don't know.

Lee Trundle 2:08 Tue Feb 18
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Moyes aint gonna get the best out of him now, is he?

Mex Martillo 2:07 Tue Feb 18
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I still think he’s a great player, but it’s not working for him right now.

crystal falace 1:48 Tue Feb 18
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Think he could still become a real player if we can get the right team around him, a 3 of antonio, anderson and Bowen behind/around him with pacey runners behind for flick ons and through balls could be exactly what we're missing.

diehardhammer 1:41 Tue Feb 18
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again comparing haller to a totally different player in attributes, Henry was all about his pace, Haller is more about his touch and linking play

Which he is struggling with when moyes isnt giving him a partner to work off. We saw further glimpses of it against bournemouth when anderson was supporting him up top

New Jersey 1:38 Tue Feb 18
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I don't think it's stereotyping, lazy, French etc, etc. I had the privilege (didn't seem so at the time) of seeing Haller's fellow Frenchman Thierry Henry give an absolute masterclass in forward play against us. I see a lazy, disinterested player who would rather be somewhere else. His technique isn't that special for a £42m player, he obviously lacks pace but that wasn't no hindrance to Deano or Sheringham. For a big bloke he also lacks the physicality of say Woods or Murray. I'm not sure what the fuck he brings to be honest.

diehardhammer 1:24 Tue Feb 18
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haller was very succesful in a frankfurt team that had 2 players close to him in attack, 1 with him upfront and number 10 close behind

funny how he looked a different player when antonio joined him up front for southampton and scored the winner.

need to sort out the tactics and give him more support. This whole lazy stereotype is boring.

Haller isnt a marko type striker, more of a firmino who links other attackers better

Full Claret Jacket 1:03 Tue Feb 18
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He's shown incredible technique at times. His last few attempts at goal though show a player devoid of confidence and killer instinct.

Just think like many others in the squad the poor disjointed team performances have affected his play. All strikers go through periods where they can't score but the best ones find a way of adapting their game to get more chances. I think he has the talent, it's just whether he is prepared to work to adapt his game to give himself more chances.

His body language isn't great and maybe he feels let down in joining a club that isn't going to be challenging for Europe but he's out on that pitch every week and is part of turning round the results.

New Jersey 1:00 Tue Feb 18
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Chris Woods at Burnley cost £15m, the statue cost us over £40m, well done Sulli another cracking signing. Glen Murray, who must be getting on for 40, showed more movement than Haller the other week!

DukeofDevo 12:55 Tue Feb 18
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I constantly find myself comparing other teams strikers to ours! Can our striker do what Danny Ings etc just did at the weekend and the answer is always no!

Manuel 5:24 Mon Feb 17
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45 mil for a gormless looking, sulking fucking lamppost. Has anyone said he just needs time, yet?

wd40 12:43 Mon Feb 17
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Never shown any passion like a giant dustbin out on the field
cant really defend the indefensible.

Right I'm off to watch and enjoy Davis Cross on u tube moving across the pitch to knock the ball down or take it on his chest plus them goals against Spurs !

New Jersey 12:32 Mon Feb 17
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Nelson's column has got more movement than that surly, wanker! Deano having to call it a day, what a player he was!

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