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West Ham spend record fee for French striker

West Ham spend record fee for French striker Photo: TT

West Ham United have confirmed the signing of French striker Sebastien Haller for a reported club record fee of £45m.

The 25-year-old joins the Hammers from German Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt on a five-year deal with the option of a further season.

Haller, who is uncapped at international level, arrives after impressing in the German top flight over the past two seasons, with 23 goals from 58 appearances for the Eagles.

He also played a key role for Frankfurt on their way to the Europa League semi-finals last season, netting five goals in their run which ended at the hands of Chelsea in a penalty shootout.

“I feel really great,” Haller said. “I think it’s a really good opportunity for me to be here.

“It means a lot (to be the record signing). It proves that the club really wanted me for a long time. 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.

“I know it’s a big transfer and there is a lot of expectation around me, and I just want to make people proud of this transfer and I will give everything I have.”

Haller’s record signing breaks the previous mark set by Issa Diop and Felipe Anderson, both recruited in the past 12 months.

The ambitious London club finished 10th in the Premier League last season under ex-Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini.

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