Negotiations begin in ?40m deal

  • by Staff Writer
  • Friday, 12th July 2019

Earlier in the week German outlet Bild reported that West Ham's pursuit of Eintracht Frankfurt striker Sebastien Haller was unlikely to succeed.

However fast forward a matter of days and it is being widely reported that the player's representatives are on standby for talks with the Hammers, after discussion between the two clubs began with view to a permanent transfer.

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The former French Under 21 international (highlights reel below), who has also been interesting clubs such as Manchester United will cost West Ham in the region of ?40million, a record transfer fee for the club were a deal to be struck.

And the cost is not dissimilar to that the club were preparing to pay for Celta Vigo's Maxi Gomez, until the Uruguayan snubbed the opportunity of moving to London in favour of remaining in Spain with Valencia.

Haller, 25, revealed back in March that he would not be persuaded to leave his current club for financial reasons alone.

However with West Ham unable to offer Champions or Europa League football next season, it is via the lure of a vast salary that the club will be hoping to convince the striker to uproot and make the move to London.

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Manuel Pellegrini has introduced three players to his first team squad so far this summer - free transfers Roberto and David Martin, both of whom made their debut in the 3-2 win against SCR Altach yesterday, plus ?22million-man Pablo Fornals.

West Ham are in profit currently with regard to their summer transfer business to the tune of ?7.6million, having sold Marko Arnautovic (?23million), Edimilson Fernandes (?7.1million) and Lucas Perez (?2.1m).

Additionally high earners Andy Carroll, Adrian and Samir Nasri have bene released on free transfers, as has young striker Toni Martinez.

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