West Ham United have completed their club-record signing of Sebastien Haller from Eintracht Frankfurt.
The Bundesliga club confirmed an agreement between both parties on Tuesday morning, with the French striker jetting into London for his medical.
Haller impressed with Frankfurt last season, scoring 15 Bundesliga goals and another five in the Europa League as Die Adler reached the semi-finals.
But just like strike partner Luka Jovic, Haller has now departed the Commerzbank-Arena, becoming West Ham’s fourth signing of the season alongside Pablo Fornals, Roberto and David Martin.
The Hammers confirmed the signing with a statement on their official website which said: “West Ham United is delighted to announce the arrival of prolific French striker Sebastien Haller, the Club’s new record signing.
“The highly sought-after forward, who turned 25 in June, joins the Hammers on a five-year deal with an option of a further 12 months for an undisclosed fee from German Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt.
“The deal for Haller means the Hammers have broken their transfer record for a third time in a little over a year following the captures of Issa Diop and Felipe Anderson.
“A German Cup winner with Eintracht in 2018, Haller becomes the Irons’ fourth summer signing and cannot wait to bring his considerable talents to London Stadium and the Premier League.”
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Haller spoke of the honour he feels at being the Hammers’ record signing, promising to give “100%” in return.
“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.”
Manuel Pellegrini kicks off his second season in charge at the London Stadium with a home tie against Manchester City on Saturday, August 10.
Haller’s rise to prominence: Five key things to know…
- Haller came through the youth ranks at Auxerre in France.
- He moved to Utrecht in 2015, scoring 51 times in 98 games for the Dutch side.
- That form earned him a £6m move to Frankfurt in 2017.
- Last season, he scored 20 goals in all competitions as Frankfurt reached the Europa League semi-finals.
- Haller and Jovic have both now left Frankfurt for West Ham and Real Madrid, respectively.