West Ham transfer target Sebastian Haller jetting to London ahead of £45m transfer

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West Ham are close to signing Eintract Frankfurt striker Haller, according to Sky Sports.

The player is currently on his way to London for a medical ahead of the transfer.

The deal could be completed within a few days, and the clubs have already agreed a £45m fee.

“Eintraft Frankfurt striker Sebastian Haller on his way to London for West Ham medical,” said Sky Sports’ Kaveh Solhekol. “£45m deal.”

Haller had been linked with a move to West Ham this summer after Eintract Frankfurt sold his strike partner, Luka Jovic, to Real Madrid.

But the Frenchman had initially wanted to play Champions League football next season.

Manchester United were also keen on signing Haller, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saw him as a potential replacement for Romelu Lukaku, should he be sold to Inter Milan.

But, West Ham and Manuel Pellegrini managed to convince the target man to give up his dream of Champions League football to sign to the East London side.

Haller will likely be a direct replacement for Marko Arnautovic, who left the club earlier this month.

Arnautovic was sold to Shanghai SIPG for £22.4m, after the striker submitted a transfer request.

He had already asked for a move away from The London Stadium in January, but subsequently signed a new contract, and committed his future to West Ham.

Haller was West Ham’s second choice to replace the Austrian, after they failed in their pursuit of Maxi Gomez.

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