Haller: West Ham smash club record for Frankfurt striker
The French striker has completed a move from Eintracht Frankfurt to West Ham in a record deal for the Premier League club.
West Ham have completed the club-record signing of Sebastien Haller from Eintracht Frankfurt for a reported fee of £45million (50 million euros.)
The Premier League side agreed a deal on Tuesday with Frankfurt, who granted Haller permission to travel to London for a medical.
The 25-year-old has now signed a five-year deal with the Hammers, with the option of a further 12 months.
The striker becomes the most expensive signing in the club's history, eclipsing the reported £36m paid to Lazio for Felipe Anderson last year.
Haller: "It means a lot to be the record signing"
24 - Sebastien Haller was directly involved in 24 goals in the Bundesliga last season (15 goals, 9 assists); the only striker with more in 2018-19 was Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski (29). Nailed. pic.twitter.com/AYRoCwQCSj— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) July 17, 2019
"I feel really great," Haller told West Ham's website. "I think it's a really good opportunity for me to be here.
"It means a lot [to be the record signing]. It proves that the club [has] really wanted me for a long time. I felt this desire to sign me and I'm really happy to sign, also. It is an ambitious club, a nice club, a nice city and nice fans too."
Haller scored 20 goals in all competitions in 2018-19, including five in Eintracht's run to the semi-finals of the Europa League.
He will be tasked with spearheading the West Ham attacking following Marko Arnautovic's move to Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG.
Manuel Pellegrini's side had been tipped to sign Maxi Gómez before turning their attentions to Haller after the Celta Vigo forward moved to Valencia.
"I will always give 100 per cent and respect the club," Haller added.
"I think this is a normal thing and that I can guarantee. 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."
Te recomendamos en English
- PSG - REAL MADRID Official: PSG's Cavani and Mbappé to miss Real Madrid game
- CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Liverpool are the team to beat in Europe, says Napoli coach Ancelotti
- BAYERN MUNICH Coutinho: "Bayern is more of a close-knit family than my previous clubs"
- FIFA CLUB WORLD CUP Liverpool could face Mexico's Monterrey in Club World Cup semi-final
- REAL MADRID Ødegaard: "I felt it wouldn't be good for me to go back to Real Madrid"
- CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Messi challenge is what Dortmund want – Reus