Sébastien Haller in talks on the final exit of West Ham
West Ham United striker Sebastien Haller could leave the club for good this month, with Ajax keen to sign the 26-year-old.
Haller joined West Ham for a record £ 45million in 2019, but after a warm first start he has struggled to adjust to life in the Premier League. He’s only managed 14 goals in 53 appearances for the Hammers, including just three in the league this year.
His stay in England could come to an end as several sources have suggested that Haller is in talks with Ajax about a permanent move in January, but progress in those talks is on hold.
Most of the momentum for this story has come from L’Equipe, who say they expect a deal confirmed which could be worth nearly £ 20million in the near future.
This was also backed by AD, who adds that Haller is desperate to reunite with Ajax boss Erik ten Hag in January. The Dutch side is in talks with West Ham, and the negotiations are mostly focused on how Ajax would structure the payments.
It was under Ten Hag that Haller first came to prominence with Utrecht. Between 2015 and 2017, Haller scored 51 goals in 98 appearances for the Dutch side, which saw him make a big move to Eintracht Frankfurt in Germany.
A reunion appears to be on the cards, but Sky Sports’ Kaveh Solhekol poured some cold water over the rumor. Although Ajax’s offer is acknowledged, it is suggested that West Ham choose to keep Haller until the summer.
It could all come down to West Ham’s ability to find a replacement. 90 mins Understands that David Moyes’ side is leading the charge for Stade Reims striker Boulaye Dia, which could be sold in January following the collapse of the lucrative Ligue 1 televised contract that left most of the teams struggling for the silver.
Dia, 24, has ten goals in 16 appearances for his relegation-threatened side – a total equaled by Lyon’s Memphis Depay and improved only by 12 goals from Paris Saint-Germain sensation Kylian Mbappe.
The Hammers will likely be reluctant to pull the trigger at Haller’s departure until they have a replacement lined up, with utility man Michail Antonio the only other player capable of playing as a forward in Moyes’ squad. .
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