Just by signing for the club Sebastien Haller is already a firm favourite with West Ham United fans.

West Ham completed the club record signing on Wednesday for a fee believed to be around £45million (whufc.com).

It brings a rare happy end to West Ham’s annual and often fruitless search for a top quality forward.

The list of snubs or tales of deals that did not happen is lengthy.

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Haller goes where many others didn’t dare

From Alexandre Lacazette to Carlos Bacca, Michy Batshuayi and Maxi Gomez.

But Haller sees the potential in West Ham and the club clearly believe in the Frenchman too.

Could the big forward have won the hearts of fans already, though.

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That’s after he made some pointed comments in his first interview with the club’s official website which seemed a clear reference to the behaviour of Marko Arnautovic and Dimitri Payet before him.

The duo both agitated for moves away from West Ham despite being well paid, well rewarded and hero worshipped by fans.

Their actions left a lot to be desired. Payet downed tools to force a bargain return to Marseille.

And Arnautovic twice demanded to be sold to China, ultimately also leaving for a paltry fee in the modern market.

 

Haller has told fans there will be no such behaviour from him, though.

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Haller makes subtle dig at Payet and Arnautovic behaviour

“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,” Haller told whufc.com.

“I’ll 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.”

And that is exactly what it boils down to, respect.

Players leave clubs all the time especially in the modern game.

But it is how you go about that and the reasons behind it that define your legacy at a football club.

Payet and Arnautovic tarnished theirs. Irreparably so.

Haller seems to be cut from a different cloth.

Of course he will still have to do it on the pitch. But his comments are a great start to what supporters will hope is a long and successful West Ham career.

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