West Ham’s hunt for a marquee striker could be concluded this week. According to The Guardian, West Ham are optimistic that Sebastien Haller will sign soon.
The Hammers, Eintracht Frankfurt and Haller have been locked in talks since Maxi Gomez’s deal fell through. Gomez has joined Valencia and now Haller is the top target.
Marko Arnautovic, Andy Carroll and Lucas Perez have all departed, while Jordan Hugill looks set to follow. This only leaves Javier Hernandez on West Ham’s books.
Haller has been identified as Manuel Pellegrini’s top striker target now that Gomez has gone elsewhere. And it looks like the East London club are making progress in negotiations.
West Ham make breakthrough
According to The Guardian, the Irons held positive discussions with Frankfurt on Monday. They are making progress on this deal and Frankfurt want £40m for the 25-year-old.
Haller’s preference is to leave the Bundesliga and join West Ham. And this has been a major boost for West Ham, who were never really convinced that Gomez wanted to join.
West Ham are growing increasingly hopeful about striking a deal with Frankfurt and Haller. The club are hoping to get Haller through the door by the end of the week.
Sebastien Haller: Perfect Arnie replacement?
West Ham need a new goalscoring forward and Haller’s record is very impressive. Perhaps overshadowed by Real Madrid-bound Luka Jovic at Frankfurt last season, his prolific record has often been forgotten or overlooked.
The Frenchman has scored 33 goals in 77 games across two years in Germany since his move from FC Utrecht in 2017. Prior to that move, he rattled in an impressive 51 goals in 98 games with the Dutch side.
Haller is tall, strong and has the ability to become the perfect Arnautovic replacement. Operating in that number 9 role, Haller is a natural-born finisher, unlike the converted winger Arnautovic.
Could West Ham finally break their near-30-year-wait for a 20-goal striker?