West Ham striker Sebastien Haller has been called up to the Ivory Coast squad. And the 26-year-old’s switch of allegiance will be GSB’s worst nightmare.

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The 6ft 3in striker moved to the London Stadium from Eintracht Frankfurt in the summer of 2019 for around £45 million (BBC).

Haller hasn’t lived up to expectations at West Ham as yet, however. In fact, he has really struggled.

If the Hammers were to sell him now, they probably wouldn’t even get half of what they paid for his services 16 months ago.

That is bad enough in itself for David Sullivan, David Gold and Karren Brady.

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David Gold, Karren Brady and David Sullivan (Photo credit should read IAN KINGTON/AFP via Getty Images)

But Haller switching allegiance to the Ivory Coast could make matters even worse for GSB.

Value could plummet even further still

As the #GSBOUT movement gathered traction throughout the summer window, it seemed as though West Ham co-owners Sullivan and Gold were asset stripping with a view to selling up shortly.

It would be no surprise if Haller was the next man on the list to be sold by the Hammers.

But his value might just have dropped even further still. Any player eligible for the Africa Cup of Nations tournament is never valued as highly as a player from Europe.

That is because they could miss up to six weeks of action from January to February every two years. And it will most likely be closer to six weeks if the country in question is one of the more established nations like the Ivory Coast.

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Sebastien Haller in action (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Would we have paid £45 million for Haller last year, had he already been an Ivory Coast international? No chance.

It seems that we may have been ripped off. Although Eintracht Frankfurt aren’t to blame. They got a premium price for someone who at the time was ripping up the Bundesliga.

Unfortunately for us, Haller is quite simply not the same player anymore. Sure, we haven’t played to his strengths. But it is clear that David Moyes doesn’t rate the 26-year-old as much as he does Michail Antonio.

And Haller now being called up by the Ivory Coast will make West Ham’s task of selling him even harder.

GSB will be fuming that they have been duped. That is probably too harsh of a word. But for businessmen who pride themselves on making smart financial decisions, this one will hurt.

We will be lucky to get £20 million for Haller now.

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