Manuel Pellegrini must look to spread the goal burden away from Marko Arnautovic with the signing of Bundesliga goal machine Sebastien Haller.
Haller is lighting up the German top-tier for Eintracht Frankfurt. In 12 league matches so far this season, the French forward has a goal impact of 15 through nine strikes and six assists.
The 6 foot 3 striker has shown himself to be a determined, acrobatic and skilful finisher in Germany, having changed club from FC Utrecht in 2017 – Haller scored 55 goals in 102 games for his previous employers.
Pellegrini may face competition for the man valued by TransferMarkt at £13.5million, however, with reports from October suggesting Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez has identified the 24-year-old as a top January target.
Reports in Germany have also identified Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund as interested parties and note that Frankfurt would look to recoup between €20million-30million should they sell the striker. Haller’s current contract expires in June 2021.
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The former French Under 21 international could be the hero Marko Arnautovic did not know he needed, providing Pellegrini can convince the board to sign off on another high-ticket player.
West Ham already broke their club transfer record twice this season, first when Issa Dip joined and then Felipe Anderson.
The Hammers, though, were not able to rely on Anderson for goals until his eighth appearance of the season, eventually turning things around against Burnley with two goals and the equaliser at Huddersfield.
Across the squad, Pellegrini’s side have just 13 goals between them, all the more worryingly scored by just five different players. Andriy Yarmolenko and Manuel Lanzini’s injuries also leaves the Chilean with a lack of goal scoring alternatives.
But Haller can slot in and give the Austrian forward the support he needs, using his strength and finishing ability in an attacking team to help carry the scoring burden.
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