West Ham break transfer record to sign Sebastien Haller

Sébastien Haller

West Ham have completed a deal to sign Sebastien Haller from Eintracht Frankfurt for a club record fee of £45million.

The 25-year-old striker has signed a five-year deal with the option of a further 12 months.

Haller, who is a former France under-21 international and becomes the Irons’ fourth summer signing, scored 20 goals in 41 games for the German side last season.

The deal eclipses the £36m fee paid for Brazilian Felipe Anderson in 2018.

“I think it’s a really good opportunity for me to be here,” said Haller.

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“It means a lot [to be record signing]. I felt this desire to sign me and I’m really happy to sign. It is an ambitious club, a nice club, a nice city and nice fans too.

“For me I can guarantee that I will give 100% for the club because the club has given me this confidence and I will try to give it back every day in every game.

“I know it’s a big transfer and there is a lot of expectation around me, and I just want to make people proud of this transfer and I will give everything I have.”

Haller has scored 33 goals in 77 appearances in two years at Bundesliga club Eintracht, who he joined from Dutch side Utrecht, where he scored 51 times in 98 games.

He reinforces West Ham’s forward line following the departures of strikers Lucas Perez, Marko Arnautovic and Andy Carroll this summer.

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