Super Mario delighted by Haller capture

  • by Staff Writer
  • Wednesday, 17th July 2019

Director of Football Mario Husillos says that both he and Manuel Pellegrini are delighted to seal the transfer of Eintracht Frankfurt striker Sebastien Haller.

Husillos, whose arrival at West Ham last summer heralded a welcome change in the club's transfer policy admitted that they were "very pleased" to have signed the French striker, who at 25 is entering his prime as a professional.

West Ham United's Director of Football, Mario Husillos [Pic: Malaga FC]

"It is no secret that we have been in the process of identifying a top class striker to add to the squad this summer," the Argentine told "Much work has gone on behind the scenes to ensure that we were in a position to act once the right opportunity became available.

"Sebastien is a player we have been watching closely for some time - he has always been a key target. He is a player with an excellent pedigree and has experience in three of Europe's top leagues.

"His record at Eintracht Frankfurt in recent seasons has been up there with the top strikers in the Bundesliga and we believe that his physical and technical qualities will be well suited to the Premier League.

"He arrives at a perfect moment for us; like many of the players who have arrived at the club in the past 12 months he is young with his best years still ahead of him, yet comes with good experience and is proven at the highest level."

Husillos has overseen the arrival of players such as Felipe Anderson, Issa Diop, Pablo Fornals and now Hallar - all of whom were 25 or under when joining the club.

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It is a welcome change in direction for the club, whose transfer policy prior to the arrival of Husillos and Pellegrini was widely consider to have a 'scattergun' approach, with no obvious structure or plan to it.

However the DoF insisted that it hasn't been purely a question of finances, adding that the players signed on his watch needed to have a desire to represent West Ham United.

"It is a big factor that Sebastien was very determined to become a West Ham United player," he confirmed. "Our conversations proved that he has great desire and ambition to be successful here and it is clear he is greatly excited by the challenge ahead."

"The signing of Sebastien is a big investment and another clear signal of our ambition and desire to bring success to West Ham United and our supporters, and we look forward to seeing the big contribution he will make in the coming seasons."

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