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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….

Hammers and Hornets face off, with winner takes all

Friday evening at the London Stadium will see West Ham lock horns with fellow strugglers Watford, with an 8 pm kick off.

It goes without saying that this is a must win game for both sides. Winner takes all. Loser, could well find themselves on the cusp of being relegated down to the Championship.

The Hammers go into Friday’s crucial game on the back of a 4-0 victory against already relegated Norwich at the weekend. It was an afternoon to remember for striker Michail Antonio, who bagged all four goals on the day.

Watford, who are a place behind West Ham on goal difference by -6,  will travel with confidence after consecutive victories in their last two games against Norwich 2-1 and Newcastle 2-1 at the weekend.

Before Hornets fans start getting too confident ahead of Friday’s game, take a look at their away record which isn’t good. Watford have slumped to four successive defeats on their travels, with defeats against Chelsea, Burnley, Crystal Palace and Man. Utd.

More worryingly, however, is that they haven’t kept a clean sheet in those four games and not scored either.

West Ham have had mixed fortunes at home of late with two wins out of their last five home matches.

Aside from Norwich, Watford are currently the lowest scorers on the road, with just 11 goals scored.

In previous meetings between the sides it is West Ham who just have the edge with five victories to Watford’s four and two matches drawn.

When these sides met at Vicarage Road back in late August, West Ham beat Watford 3-1 thanks to a brace from Sebastien Haller.

Antonio, is clearly the player to watch on Friday. The West Ham striker looks back to his best having scored six goals in his last four appearances, and currently leads the West Ham scoring charts with eight.

Like the hosts, Watford have also struggled to score goals this season. Troy Deeney is the leading scorer for the Hornets with eight goals, including his recent double against Newcastle.

It will certainly be a nervy encounter for both sides on Friday. It is a game that neither side will want to lose and if one of them can get a win on the night, it will give them some breathing space down the bottom of the table.

It would also see either West Ham or Watford on the verge of safety for another season.

See current Premier League Table in link below:

https://247-football.com/2020/06/25/premier-league-table/

West Ham upset Chelsea in London Derby thriller

One team had wins in every match since the restart. The other had not received a single point.  It was the underdog, West Ham United that was able to come away with the three points against an in-form Chelsea side, securing a crucial 3-2 victory.

The Blues dominated the possession game in the beginning of the first half, but The Hammers were the first ones to have a threatening chance. 

Off a corner kick, the home team had thought they had taken the lead courtesy of Tomas Soucek. Ultimately though, VAR denied the goal after Michail Antonio was caught offside.

In the 41st-minute, Christian Pulisic was able to win Chelsea a penalty after Issa Diop conceded a foul in the penalty area. Willian was then able to convert from the spot to take the 1-0 lead.

The lead, however, was short-lived after Antonio Rüdiger made a terrible mistake and gave West Ham a corner. The home team capitalised on the chance and Soucek found the back of the net again, this time without any interference from VAR.

 

Six minutes into the second-half, West Ham were able to take the lead thanks to a goal from Antonio. After trying to draw a penalty, the Englishman bounced right back up and got his shot right past goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga. 

 

Later in the half, Pulisic won a free kick in the attacking half after a great run, which caused former Chelsea Academy product, Declan Rice, to receive a yellow card. Willian was then able to score directly off the free kick to draw The Blues level at 2-2. 

 

All signs pointed toward a draw between the two sides from London. Substitute Andriy Yarmolenko, however, had other ideas. On a fast break, Antonio was able to find the Ukrainian, who finished his chance with ease in the 89th-minute.  This secured a a potentially priceless win for The Hammers.

 

The victory helps West Ham move up one spot in the standings as they try to avoid relegation, heading to St. James’ Park on Sunday to take on Newcastle.

Chelsea, meanwhile, who could have taken sole possession of third place after Leicester City’s loss at Everton, will now fight to keep a Champions League spot at home on Saturday against Watford.

See the table below.

https://247-football.com/2020/06/25/premier-league-table/