ExWHUemployee has provided a fresh claim regarding West Ham United and their former striker, Sebastian Haller…
What’s the word?
As per the club insider, the Hammers reportedly did not include a sell-on clause as part of the Ivory Coast international’s move to Ajax in January 2021, amid suggestions that the 27-year-old could be on his way to Borussia Dortmund as a replacement for new Manchester City arrival, Erling Haaland.
Should West Ham have sold Haller?
No, not given a chance
Asked on Twitter whether the east Londoners could take home a percentage of that potential €40m (£34.4m) fee, should he make the switch to Germany this summer, the respected source stated: “I don’t think we do [have a sell-on clause]”.
The former Eintracht Frankfurt man had been a club-record capture for the London Stadium outfit in 2019, although failed to really catch fire in a claret and blue jersey, with the club eventually accepting a sizeable loss to allow him to head to Amsterdam.
Having suffered the fury of seeing the £31.5m-rated gem disappoint in the Premier League only to become a world-beater in the Eredivisie, supporters would no doubt have been praying that one saving grace from the Haller saga could be the opportunity to generate funds from his future moves.
Alas, the lack of a sell-on clause has thwarted such hopes, with the Irons faithful only set to grow increasingly annoyed over a transfer that simply failed to work out.
Aside from that stunning overhead kick in the draw with Crystal Palace back in December 2020, the France-born ace largely underwhelmed in English football, scoring just 14 goals and providing only three assists in 54 games in all competitions.
With manager David Moyes often favouring the more makeshift presence of Michail Antonio in attack, the club decided to cash on their failing asset after just a year-and-a-half, with few shedding too many tears over his departure.
That decision has somewhat backfired, however, with the £64k-per-week monster having since been in prolific form in Holland, netting 47 goals and chipping in with 16 assists in just 65 games under new Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag.
That tally includes a remarkable haul of 11 goals in last season’s Champions League – a record only bettered by Robert Lewandowski (13) and Karim Benzema (15) – breaking a competition record in the process after reaching ten goals in fewer games than any other player, while also becoming just the second player ever to score in all six group games.
Such form has unsurprisingly caught the attention of those at Dortmund, with it bizarre to think that the 6 foot 3 marksman has gone from playing understudy to Antonio to potentially being the man to fill a Haaland-shaped void in Germany, all in the space of just 18 months.
As for the Hammers, the club are still scratching around trying to secure a suitable centre-forward addition, albeit with reports suggesting that Moyes is not keen to break the bank for any new striker.
To see an ex-player performing so well, at a time when West Ham are in need of a new number nine, will no doubt be a major source of frustration to supporters.