Journalist David Ornstein has delivered some bad news for West Ham United over the deal they struck with Ajax for Sebastien Haller.
West Ham boss David Moyes elected to sell Haller to the Dutch giants for just £20 million back in January.
Haller had divided opinion among West Ham fans. But the Hammers decided to take a £25m loss on the club’s record £45m signing just 18 months after signing him from Eintracht Frankfurt.
It seems not a week has gone by since West Ham sold Haller that he doesn’t get himself on the scoresheet for Ajax.
Whenever he does the usual questions are asked as to whether West Ham were too hasty to let him go.
Some West Ham fans point out Haller’s success in the Dutch league since leaving was not a worthy barometer of his quality given the inferior standard of the Eredivisie.
But his goal in Ajax’s win over Besiktas in the Champions League last night secured his place in football’s record books.
That’s because the former West Ham man became the first ever player to score five goals in his first two Champions League matches – following a remarkable four-goal haul on his debut two weeks ago.
Haller’s form – against the backdrop of his cheap sale price of £20m – has some West Ham fans wondering whether the Hammers had included any clauses for extra money should the player score a certain number of goals.
But there was bad news for West Ham fans after Ajax’s win when The Athletic journalist Ornstein provided a clarification on that situation.
“Sebastien Haller’s fifth Champions League goal is most ever in anyone’s first two Champions League appearances (@OptaJoe),” Ornstein said on Twitter.
“Scored 10 in all comps this season following 11 last season after joining Ajax from West Ham in January.
“Unfortunately for West Ham, no goals bonus in Ajax deal.”
Ornstein explained that such clauses are often included in transfer deals involving strikers (The Athletic).
“Such clauses are not uncommon in big-money transfers — with the selling club often receiving a bonus if the transferred player finds the back of the net a certain number of times — although it would have been unusual for an Eredivisie side to agree to such terms when signing a striker from the Premier League, given the expectations on the player to become a frequent goalscorer,” Ornstein said (The Athletic).