West Ham make a €50,000,000 signing from Frankfurt

16.7.2019.  

Another massive signing for West Ham United. After signing highly-touted Spanish international Pablo Fornals for €27,000,000, the Hammers sign Sebastian Haller from Eintracht Frankfurt for little less than €50,000,000.


A truly staggering transfer. It's believed that Arsenal only has around €50,000,000 in the transfer budget, and WHU spends almost exactly that on one player. After signing Fornals at that.


Eintracht Frankfurt announced that the two clubs have reached an agreement and that the tall striker is on his way to London for medicals.



West Ham tried signing Maxi Gomez, who opted out for Valencia in order to play Champions League. But the lack of continental competition participation didn't stop 25-year-old Haller to make a switch to the Premier League. It was also reported that WHU tried signing Andrea Belotti from Torino but quickly switched to Haller when informed of the €100,000,000 price tag for the Italian.


Haller may have not been Mauricio Pellegrini's first choice, but is still a great player. He represented France at all youth ages, collecting 50 caps but still awaiting the A-team call up.


The 190 cms tall player started his career in Auxerre, scoring just six Ligue 2 goals in three seasons. A loan, and then a transfer to Eredivisie's Utrecht followed where Haller got his groove. In 2017, after three seasons in Holland and 41 league goals, Frankfurt bought the target man with €7,000,000 euros.


But Utrecht will continue to profit from him, as they are entitled to 10% of this €50,000,000 worth transfer.


This is Frankfurt's second major departure this summer as they've sold Luka Jovic to Real Madrid too, and the third man in their impressive attack last season - Ante Rebic, maybe on the move too with Atletico Madrid and Inter interested.


Marko Arnautovic recently left the Hammers, and Andy Carrol's contract ran out this year. So WHU continues with signing tall players, but with Javier Hernandez being the only proven striker in the squad, we can await more transfers from the London team.


Obviously, West Ham is trying to shake away the "mid-table" club monicker with these major signings, but competition in the PL is stiff. If you believe that Pellegrini-led club can surprise and reach continental football through the league, the odds for West Ham to reach top 6 is 13 (12 fractional).




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