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West Ham's Haller closes on €25m Ajax move

07-Jan-2021, 07:42 am

Sebastian Haller West Ham 2019-20

West Ham striker Sebastien Haller is close to sealing a move to the Eredivisie with Dutch giants Ajax.

The fee for his services is likely to reach around€25 million (£22.6m/$31m), with ameeting scheduled onThursday to finalise the agreement between all the parties.

Haller is well-regarded in the Netherlands, having shined in the country during a previous spell in the Eredivisie.

From 2015 to 2017 the Ivory Coast international starred with Utrecht, having landed at the club after struggling to establish himself atAuxerre.

He netted a total of 51 goals in 98 games for Utrecht, form which earned him a transfer to the Bundesliga with Frankfurt.

And after two years in Germany, West Ham swooped in 2019 to make him part of their squad in a£45 million transfer.

Haller, however, has never fully convinced in the Premier League, starting just 10 games in the current campaign.

A stunning overhead kick against Crystal Palace back in December was a rare moment of celebration for the forward, who expressed his hopes that the goal would help him build his confidence and remain in David Moyes' plans.

“To be honest, I used to score a goal like that every season, so I’m used to it!" he explained to West Ham's official website.

"I think it’s kind of special and I’m just happy because it was a beautiful goal and it helped us to get one point. I think we deserved three and we should have gone for the three, but I’m happy.

“I got two last season, against Watford and Bournemouth, so hopefully I can get another one on Monday at Chelsea – that’s the only thing I’d ask for, a goal like that! “It’s good for the eyes, for the confidence and for everything, but a goal is a goal so at the end it’s just one goal.”

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