West Ham striker Sebastien Haller says he could have signed for the Hammers last summer. The Frenchman revealed that the London club came calling in 2018 but he felt he wasn’t ready for the rigours of the Premier League:
“I could have come to West Ham a year ago. They came for me. But it was not my time to go to England. I wasn’t ready. Now I am.”
Haller scored only 13 goals in 36 appearances during his first season at Eintracht Frankfurt but it appears West Ham were tracking him even back then.
After turning down the switch to the Irons, the 25-year-old went on to hit 20 goals in 41 games last campaign, making a massive step up in his footballing development.
It prompted West Ham to shell out £45m on Haller, as they sought to strengthen their forward line after their failure to secure a deal for Maxi Gomez.
As the club’s record signing, Hammers fans will be hoping that the striker is able to replicate his form from Germany in the Premier League. Marko Arnautovic was the club’s leading scorer with 11 last season, and Haller will want to surpass that tally.