According to a report from Claret and Hugh, West Ham are not as far advanced in negotiations to sign Eintracht Frankfurt hitman Sebastien Haller as has previously been claimed.
After the Hammers failed move for Maxi Gomez, Manuel Pellegrini allegedly switched his focus to the 25-year-old Frenchman.
Italian journalist Nicolo Schira claimed yesterday that West Ham were close to signing the £35 million-rated hitman:
— Nicolò Schira (@NicoSchira) 10 July 2019
That appears to be well wide of the mark, however.
Claret and Hugh claims that West Ham are annoyed that their approach for Haller has been publicly leaked.
And they suggest that sources close to the club have told them that talks to sign the Eintracht Frankfurt striker are at the very early, almost preliminary, stages.
Haller was in excellent form last season.
He racked up 20 goals and 12 assists in 41 appearances. And he would be an exceptional addition for the Hammers.
As things stand, however, it seems as though a deal to sign Haller is a long way away from being done.
And with just under a month remaining before the transfer window slams shut, West Ham’s current striker situation is far from ideal.