West Ham have broken their transfer record for the second season in a row after completing the signing of Sebastien Haller from Eintracht Frankfurt for £45 million.
The 25-year-old French striker has signed a five-year contract with the Hammers and is expected to go straight into the first team. He has built a reputation as a quality goal scorer during his time in Germany, scoring 20 goals in 41 appearances for Frankfurt last season.
He will replace Austrian striker Marko Arnautovic, who left the London side for Shanghai SIPG earlier this month. AFP reported that Haller spoke about how delighted he was to join the club. "I feel really great. I think it's a really good opportunity for me to be here. It means a lot (to be record signing). It proves that the club really wanted me for a long time," Haller told West Ham's website.
"I felt this desire to sign me and I'm really happy to sign, also. It is an ambitious club, a nice club, a nice city and nice fans too.
"For me I can guarantee that I will give 100% for the club because the club has given me this confidence and I will try to give it back every day in every game."
The club have already signed Pablo Fornals as well as goalkeepers Roberto and David Martin. Haller will be their fourth addition to Manuel Pellegrini’s side this transfer window.