ExWHUemployee has claimed on Twitter that Sead Haksabanovic was only ever signed so that Marko Arnautovic could be brought to West Ham as part of the process.
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The Montenegro international was a total flop at West Ham. Unlike the 30-year-old Austrian, who was a big hit until things turned sour.
Arnie joined the east London outfit for £20m from Stoke City in the summer of 2017 (BBC).
The Hammers confirmed today via their official website that the 21-year-old has left the London Stadium on a permanent basis to link up with Swedish side IFK Norrkoping.
The midfielder was brought to the London Stadium from Halmstads by Slaven Bilic way back in the summer of 2017. And he cost just £2.7 million, according to the Evening Standard. He made just two senior appearances for the club.
It is widely believed that the Hammers only signed Haksabanovic after is was agreed with an agent brought in to help with the deal that Arnautovic would follow.
And Slaven Bilic allegedly did not even know who the young midfielder was when he turned up for training.
And now ExWHUemployee has clarified those rumours on Twitter:
Yes it’s on the official website but he was only ever really brought in so we could sign Arnautovic as part of the process. Think it was Julian that said on our podcast the player turned up to training without them knowing anything about him…. https://t.co/tLOHTS58Em
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) June 12, 2020
So it seems as though Haksabanovic’s time with West Ham was destined to fail from the start.
He was never really given a chance to shine in east London. Maybe he was never suited to the rigours of the Premier League or even English football in general.
Perhaps we will never know.
The Montenegro international racked up nine goals and eight assists in 36 outings this season for IFK Norrkoping (Transfermarkt). So he clearly has enough about him to succeed at a certain level.
And a move back to Sweden on a permanent deal is undoubtedly a good move for the player himself and West Ham.