West Ham United’s London Evening Standard correspondent, Jack Rosser, says that Sebastien Haller is unlikely to leave the club in the summer transfer window.
The £45m signing from Eintracht Frankfurt has somewhat flattered to deceive in his first season in English football and has scored just seven Premier League goals in 27 outings.
While Rosser admits that the Hammers may have “wanted to see a little more” from Haller in terms of his goalscoring contribution, he maintains that it is unlikely the Frenchman will be moved on in the summer.
Indeed, it may come down to the fee that was paid for him, and the desire to see much of that returned if he were to depart east London.
He said: “It is impossible to say they wouldn’t listen to offers for him, any club of West Ham’s size would listen to offers for any of their players.
“But given the fee they forked out to bring him in only last summer, it would have to be quite the offer for him to move on so quickly, and I’m not sure I can see anyone stumping up that sort of cash.”
West Ham just have to hope Haller comes good.
There is a very talented player in there, who is able to score goals and lead the line on his own.
However, the Irons simply haven’t managed to devise a system in which he can thrive yet.
That, ultimately, comes down to the manager and, with the Premier League suspended, one has to hope that David Moyes is working on a solution that can be unleashed when top-flight football resumes.
During his time at Frankfurt, Haller scored 33 goals in 77 outings, along with 19 assists, showing that he is capable of being the complete forward that the Hammers need.
It remains to be seen if he will show it in England, however, and the responsibility to bring it out rests on Moyes’ shoulders.