Ajax have signed West Ham forward Sebastian Haller for €22.5million (£20.35m). The transfer fee is a record in the Dutch Eredivisie league. Haller signed a contract till 2025.
Sebastian Haller joined West Ham in 2019 for a £45m fee from Eintracht Franfurt. However, Haller had failed to make an impact in the Premier League. David Moyes had restricted Haller’s appearances to the bench in the recent games, showing the lack of confidence on Haller.
Haller is reunited with his former Utrecht manager
The 26-year-old leaves the Hammers after making 50 appearances in all competitions scoring four goals. Moyes had settled on a 5-4-1 formation for the Hammers, which needed a strong forward upfront. Haller had fallen down in the pecking order behind fellow winger Michail Antonio, making it easier for him to leave.
The funds from Haller’s sale will be made available to strengthen David Moyes’s squad. Moyes wants a new striker, with Bournemouth’s Joshua King a long-term target
The move to Ajax is the biggest deal in Netherlands football history. It reunites Haller with his former Utrecht manager Erik Ten Hag. He knew how to get the best out of Haller during his two years in Utrecht. Haller scored 30 goals in 65 appearances during Erik’s tenure in Utrecht. Haller will hope the change of league works for him to produce the goals which is expected of him.
West Ham said: “West Ham United would like to thank Sébastien for his contribution to the club and wish him all the best for his future career.”