West Ham United striker Sebastien Haller is expected to join Ajax this month and former Utrecht teammate Sean Klaiber is counting down the hours until their reunion can be confirmed, as he told De Telegraaf.
While the £45 million Frenchman came to prominence in Germany with Eintracht Frankfurt, Eredivisie fanatics will tell you that Haller’s potential stood out a mile during his formative years in Holland.
During three years at Utrecht, the rangy target man averaged a goal every other game (41 in 82 matches); his silky skills and eye for the spectacular making him one of the most feared forwards in the Netherlands.
Right-back Klaiber knows Haller well from their time together at the Stadion Galgenwaard and it seems only a matter of time before the former is providing ammunition for the latter once again.
According to the Guardian, Ajax are hoping that £25 million will be enough to secure the services of a striker who has provided only glimpses of quality during his time at West Ham.
“It would be great if we would play together again. Seb is a brother of mine. We are good friends,” Klaiber explained. “I visited him in England not so long ago and he comes here to me too.
“It would be very nice (if a move to Ajax could happen). Seb is a very good striker. A boy with a lot of scoring ability, speed and power, but at the same time he is also very technical.
“He is very good with the ball. He is a plague for every defender.”
A mid-season departure from the London Stadium would also see Haller link up with Erik Ten Hag, his former Utrecht coach, at an Ajax side sitting one point clear at the top of the Eredivisie table.
The Amsterdam giants have scored a stunning 52 goals in just 14 games in 2020/21 – an average of nearly 4 per match.
With Davy Klaassen, Dusan Tadic, David Neres and co providing plenty of ammunition, don’t be surprised if Haller finds the net at a remarkable rate back in Holland.