Monaco want to sign West Ham United striker Sebastien Haller in the next window.
That’s according to an exclusive report from France last night.
Le 10 Sport claims new Monaco boss Niko Kovac – who was linked with West Ham himself – wants a reunion with Haller, who he got the best out of during their time together at Eintracht Frankfurt.
Le 10 Sport states that Monaco are lining up a bid.
Exclusive report claims Monaco are preparing Haller bid
But the principality side are unsure whether West Ham will be receptive to selling Haller, who has scored just seven goals since becoming West Ham’s record £45million signing last summer.
The report also states that Monaco are said to be willing to sell former Hammers target Wissam Ben Yedder to fund the move.
“Work has already started on Monaco’s side, where new coach Niko Kovac is already hard at work,” Le 10 Sport’s exclusive claims.
“Especially on the offensive side, where he has already slipped a name to his leaders for the summer transfer window.
“According to our information, he wishes the arrival of Sébastien Haller, currently under contract with West Ham.
“For its part, Monaco is preparing the probable succession of Wissam Ben Yedder. Courted in Spain and England, the French international can leave for a check for 40 million euros. And the courtiers are there.”
Should Hammers tough it out or cut their losses?
So should West Ham sell?
West Ham insiders Claret & Hugh – who have a direct line to unpopular co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold – are claiming David Moyes will not be given any money for transfers this summer.
The Scot will have to raise money for signings by selling players after keeping West Ham up.
Moyes has kept Haller on the bench since his return from injury.
Despite glimpses of his talent, overall Haller has endured a torrid first season with West Ham.
With just seven goals from 30 appearances, many have put his struggles down to West Ham mismanaging the striker.
The Hammers have played Haller as a lone forward despite the 26-year-old proving himself a star player as part of a two or three man attack with previous clubs.
Others feel Haller does not impose his powerful frame enough and have questioned his attitude.
Indeed former West Ham hero Bobby Zamora claimed on Sky Sports recently that Haller’s own teammates feel he is too much of a ‘soft touch’ and must toughen up – read full story.
The sacrificial lamb for Moyes transfer kitty?
If Moyes does have to sell to buy then Haller could be one of the players he has to sacrifice.
Particularly if Monaco are willing to offer anything close to what West Ham shelled out last summer.
In football sometimes you have to hold your hands up if a signing has not worked out and cut your losses.
If selling Haller means Moyes can sign two or three players who fit his vision for the club then that may be a necessary part of the process.
Claret & Hugh did claim in lockdown that West Ham’s focus in the summer window would be to sign another striker to partner Haller next season.
But with West Ham using the global health crisis as an excuse not to spend, the goalposts may have moved considerably.