It has been a week full of speculation at the London Stadium. But after rather bizarre links with Gonzalo Higuain, Diego Costa and Mario Balotelli, it seems that The Hammers have a far more sensible target in mind.
Unlike the aforementioned trio, who’s best years are clearly behind them, Haller is one of the most promising up-and-coming strikers anywhere in European football.
15 goals and nine assists in his second Bundesliga season was a fine return from a player who made his name in the Eredivisie with Utrecht, combining the height and aerial prowess of Duncan Ferguson with the touch and class of Dimitar Berbatov.
Haller has both the skill and the strength to adapt to the Premier League comfortably and the Mail claims that the 25-year-old’s representatives are ready to travel to England for talks.
West Ham believe that a deal can be done, which would make Haller their second most expensive signing ever at £40 million.
The one-time Auxerre starlet would be the second prolific marksman to bid farewell to Frankfurt in recent weeks, following Luka Jovic’s big-money move to Real Madrid.
And after so many years of disappointing striker signings, from Marco Borriello to Modibo Maiga, Lucas Perez to Robbie Keane, Haller appears to have that perfect mix of youth and proven, top flight quality.
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