West Ham United completed the signing of Sebastien Haller for a reported fee of £45 million this summer (BBC Sport) – much to the surprise of Eintracht Frankfurt’s sporting director Fredi Bobic.
The Hammers broke their transfer record to land the French striker, who had enjoyed a superb 2018/19 season with the Bundesliga outfit.
Haller scored 20 goals for Eintracht and forged a frightening partnership with Luka Jovic, who went on to join Real Madrid.
Haller has made a decent start to life at the London Stadium, helping himself to three goals so far.
Irons supporters are delighted to have a player of his calibre in the side, and Bobic felt he was even good enough to spark the interest of European heavyweights Bayern Munich.
He said in an interview with Sport Bild: “I always thought they would call us about Sebastien Haller as a back-up for Lewandowski at some point. But there was never any contact.”
Luckily West Ham appeared to get a relatively free run at Haller and they appear to be much better off for having him in their team.
The season has only just started but Haller looks to be a real quality addition for the Londoners, who needed to replace Marko Arnautovic after he left for China.
The 25-year-old is quite the handful but is also technically very strong having shown a willingness to drop deep and bring others into play.
Bobic’s comments surely only emphasise how lucky West Ham are to have him.