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West Ham record signing completes Ajax move

Sebastien Haller has completed his transfer to Dutch side Ajax for a cut-price deal of £20 million. 

West Ham broke their transfer record in signing the striker from Eintracht Frankfurt for £45 million 18 months ago, however, Haller has struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League having just scored 10 goals in 48 League appearances.  

In a statement made by the club, the West Ham official site said:

“West Ham United would like to thank Sebastien for his contribution to the club and wish him the best for his future career.”

TalkSport’s Alex Crook, meanwhile, added:

“I think it’s pretty clear now that Haller isn’t really a player David Moyes feels he can hang his hat on.  He has scored some spectacular goals but not with the regularity Moyes is looking for, and we know when Michail Antonio is fit he won’t be in the starting XI.

Indeed, the likes of Ajax impressive 19-year-old striker Lassina Traore have been mentioned. The Burkina Faso International has made 29 first-team appearances for the Dutch side to date and has scored 12 goals so far this season.  This includes seven in 11 Eredivisie starts. 

The Hammers, however, may have to compete with fellow Premier League rivals Wolves, who are also in need of a striker following the serious injury sustained by Raul Jimenez. 

Another realistic possible signing could be Bournemouth striker Joshua King, who has previously attracted the interest of the East London side.  In addition, the Norwegian’s contract will expire at the end of the season. 

Reports, meanwhile, are also linking West Ham to resigning Austrian forward Marko Arnautovic from Shanghai SIPG, however, the club have since distanced themselves from this prospect due to his high wage demand.  

So, with the Haller transfer now officially confirmed it is vital that Moyes does indeed bring in a striker to the London Stadium this month with first choice striker Antonio having on going hamstring issues. Who he does bring in as a replacement though remains to be seen.

Who do you reckon West Ham should sign to replace Haller in the January Transfer Window? Feel free to share in the comments below….

Should West Ham stick with David Moyes beyond this season?

David Moyes came into the West Ham job in mid-November, replacing Slaven Bilic who had left the Hammers in a huge relegation scrap still in the first half of the season.

The Moyes era at the London Stadium has been mixed, with impressive results such as the 1-0 win over Chelsea, 4-1 away at Huddersfield Town and the emphatic 3-0 win at the Bet365 Stadium.

However, there have also been disappointing results including the 3-0 loss at home to Burnley, the FA Cup defeat to League One Wigan Athletic and the 4-1 loss in South Wales against Swansea City.

One noticeable thing about Moyes is that he is improving performances of the squad and compared to the Bilic era, the West Ham team are attacking more and are on the whole, improving the atmosphere in the London Stadium.

It is also clear to see that summer signing Marko Arnautovic has become an incredible Hammers player since the Scot took the helm, scoring all of his nine goals under the former Manchester United man.

West Ham, after the 1-1 draw against Stoke City at home, are in 14th place, with the opportunity to climb two places with their game in hand on Watford.

Moyes has guided the club to seven points ahead of the drop zone, just eight points off eighth place. If Moyes were given a full summer transfer window with the chance to bring in his players then he could build on the squad he has clearly improved already, build more and guide the club up the Premier League table.

West Ham do you want to see David Moyes in the managerial hot seat next season? If not who do you want to in charge of your team? Let us know in the comments section…

3 reason West Ham should stick with Slavan Bilic

Its fair to say after the summer transfer window, many thought that West Ham would get off to a terrific start this season, and push for a top half finish. Bringing in the likes of Joe Hart, Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic, gave ‘Hammers’ supporters hope and optimism, but the start of the season hasn’t supported that.

After just 1 victory in their opening 4 fixtures, some supporters are questioning whether Slavan Bilic is the right man for the job. It’s not the first time that Bilic has been under the cosh since he has been with the club, but he managed to silence the critics on Monday evening when West Ham beat newly promoted Huddersfield Town 2-0.

We look at 3 reasons why West Ham should stick with Slavan Bilic, despite their slow start to the new Premier League campaign.

Recruitment – The owners have back the Croatian manager in the transfer market this summer, spending in the region of £40m. The signings that the club have bought in have been of a higher calibre than in the past and this shows the pull that the club under Bilic has.

Only 4 games into the new season, is far to early to start thinking about replacing a manager. The club and its supporters need to rally around the team and manager and allow him time to embed his playing style on the new recruits and the rest of the playing staff.

Played for the club – Having played for the club in the 90s, Bilic knows the club well and even though Everton came calling in his playing days, he remained with the ‘Hammers’ until the end of the 1997 campaign, to ensure they stayed in the Premier League.

With this in mind, its shows his loyalty to the club and he also knows what the fans demand and expect from there team, and also can sell the club well to any new incoming players.

Previous seasons experience – Having both played and managed in the Premier League, Bilic knows what is required to get the best out of his team. Calling upon all his experience last season he guided West Ham to an 11th place finish, and after the recruitment the club have done this summer, that could turn into a higher placed finish this season.

West Ham fans do you think that you should stand by Slavan Bilic? If not who would you like to see in the hotseat? Let us know in the comments…