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Andy Townsend adds to growing excitement over West Ham transfer as he delivers verdict on Sebastien Haller

West Ham United fans are buzzing after the club record capture of Sebastien Haller.

West Ham completed the signing of Haller from Eintracht Frankfurt (, for a fee believed to be £45million.

It brings the curtain down on West Ham’s protracted search for a top quality striker which has spanned several years and many more transfer windows.

There has been surprise among rival fans and pundits with a knowledge of the Bundesliga that West Ham managed to get Haller.

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A Haller-va coup

Many believed some of Europe’s elite would be pressing to sign the 6ft 3in star.

One pundit who has seen a lot of Haller is Andy Townsend.

The former ITV co-commentator has been covering the Bundesliga and Europa League matches for BT Sport in recent seasons.

Townsend is now working for Sky Sports and he was on co-comms for West Ham’s defeat to Manchester City in the Asia Trophy.

So he was well placed to offer an informed verdict on West Ham’s new man.

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Informed Townsend ramps up the hype

“(Haller) is a good size and has a good stature about him,” Townsend said on Sky Sports.

“He’s not necessarily the silkiest of strikers that you’re ever going to see.
“But he’s confident enough to finish with both feet. He’s good in the air (too).
“So he’ll be an exciting addition for West Ham and an important one.”
Townsend is not the only pundit with a thorough knowledge of the Bundesliga to have been impressed by the signing.

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Easy to see why striker is so highly rated

Former Hammers midfielder Don Hutchison told supporters to be ready for Fredi Kanoute mark two, read full story here.
Another former West Ham midfielder excited by his arrival is Ian Bishop.
The silky ex Hammer sent Haller a direct message on Twitter and supporters loved it, read the full story here.
It is easy to see why people are getting excited.
Haller, at the age of 25, has scored 20 or more goals in two seasons. And he already has over 100 goals for club and country in his career so far.

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