Haller's a Hammer

At 1pm it was announced that West Ham have made a record signing. He’s 25 year old French striker Sebastien Haller, who has been quite a prolific goalscorer for Eintracht Frankfurt over the last two seasons, and before that with Utrecht and Auxerre. The deal has been tied up relatively quickly given the complications in modern day transfer arrangements. The fee is £41 million plus an extra £4 million of potental add-ons. It’s a five year deal with another year as an option.

I have to say I am more excited by Haller than I was about Maxi Gomez, and all credit to doing the deal in the absence of Manuel Pellegrii and Mario Hussilos who are both in China. Seb Haller told

I feel really great,” said the centre forward. “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. For me I can guarantee that I will give 100% for the club because the club has given me this confidence and I will try to give it back every day in every game. I will always give 100% and respect the club. 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."

Transfer Gossip

Introducing Sebastian Haller

This is Sebastian Haller, the Eintracht forward who West Ham are keen to sign. Looks quality, judging from this video.


Marko Arnautovic Has Left the Building

I’m sure you’ll join me in asking him not to close the door on the way out.

That is all.


West Ham Sign Exciting Spanish International Playmaker

West Ham have confirmed the signing of the 23 year old Spanish international playmaker Pablo Fornals. Judging from the video on the official website he looks a very exciting prospect indeed.

Fornals played 59 times for Malaga, scoring 7 times, and made 70 appearances with Villareal, scoring 5 times. He has made two appearaces for the Spanish national side. He’s an attacking midfield playmaker, which is interesting, given we already have one of those in Manuel Lanzini. The club have said that he’s most certainly not a replacement for Lanzini, and they will play together. Hmmm.

Pablo told

I’m very happy to be part of West Ham,” Fornals told from Madrid, where he has been preparing for the tournament. I feel very good, very happy and very grateful for the opportunity that has been provided to me. I want the Club to continue giving opportunities to young and ambitious people, people who want to do well for the long term. “I know about the loyal fans and the stadium, which is a beautiful stadium. The fans fill the stadium every weekend and that is something admirable, especially with the passion with which football is lived there. I think it is important to play with the support of your fans at home. I have worked with Mario before – I know him from when I was in Malaga. With Manuel, only when I saw him and admired him on TV. Of course, Manuel was a big influence because in the end he is one of the best coaches in the world and who doesn’t want to work with people like that?!”


West Ham Fixture List Published

Nice easy one to start with…

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