West Ham United manager David Moyes admitted that he didn’t really want to sell Sebastien Haller when speaking exclusively to the club’s official website.
The 26-year-old Ivory Coast international left the London Stadium to link up with Ajax for around £20 million in January.
Haller has made a fine start to life in Holland, racking up eight goals and six assists in 14 games for Ajax so far (Transfermarkt).
Meanwhile, West Ham have been left with Michail Antonio as our only recognised senior striker.
It really is beyond farcical that the Hammers failed to replace Haller in January.
That is a topic and discussion point for another day, however.
David Moyes makes Sebastien Haller admission
The 26-year-old never really flourished during his time at the London Stadium.
Moyes admitted that he didn’t really want to sell Haller in January, however, when speaking exclusively to the club’s official website:
“In January it wasn’t easy because we lost Seb Haller, which wasn’t really something we wanted to do, but we thought if we didn’t take the money at that time for the deal, maybe we wouldn’t get it elsewhere. On the journey, you need to take some gambles and you need to get some luck as well. We lost Seb, but we decided to bring in Jesse Lingard on loan, which has given us a little bit of another building point.”
Bringing in Jesse Lingard now looks like a masterstroke.
Even if we sign the 28-year-old on a permanent deal in the summer, however, that must not detract from our desperate need of at least two new centre-forwards.
If the West Ham board fail to adequately back Moyes in the transfer market this summer, it will be clear as day that they do not have one single iota of ambition to take this great football club forward.
Let’s hope that isn’t the case and David Sullivan and David Gold give Moysie what he deserves before the start of next season.