West Ham have taken a big hit on club-record signing Sebastien Haller following the completion of the forward’s move to Ajax.
The French-born, Ivory Coast international has featured regularly in recent weeks given the absence of Michail Antonio through injury, though has largely flattered to deceive and has been allowed to move on following a bid from the Dutch side.
Haller returns to the Eredivisie after previously enjoying a prolific spell at Utrecht before moving to the Bundesliga, and whilst West Ham have described the deal as being and ‘undisclosed fee’, Ajax have confirmed they are paying a figure of €22.5m (£20m) – less than half of what the Hammers invested in the player 18 months ago, given his poor form and the ongoing pandemic.
David Moyes will now look to invest the fee following a frustrating summer transfer window, with the Scot having impressed with his transfer dealings at the London Stadium to date with the arrivals of Jarrod Bowen, Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal all impressing.
Haller’s departure leaves the east London side short of attacking options with Antonio having struggled for fitness this season, the likes of Bournemouth’s Josh King, Napoli’s Arkadiusz Milik and former Hammers’ hero Marko Arnautovic amongst those linked with a switch to the capital.