West Ham have confirmed the departure of Sebastien Haller to join Ajax on their official website.

The statement confirmed that the hitman has gone back to the Netherlands, where he previously spent two-and-a-half seasons with Utrecht.

The club thanked Haller for his contribution to the club and wished him all the best for his future career.

And Arthur Masuaku took to Twitter to send an emotional message to the striker after his departure was announced.

He said he would miss the Frenchman, who didn’t quite show his best form at West Ham.

There’s a feeling that he was never fully appreciated and that the team didn’t really get set up to play the right way to get the best out of him.

 

It will be interesting to see if going back to Holland can see Haller go to a new level.

That was certainly the case for Haller’s new teammate Dusan Tadic, who spearheaded a run to the semi-finals of the 2019 Champions League having previously been a middling playmaker for Southampton.

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The key for West Ham now is to bring in at least one, ideally two strikers to replace Haller.

One potential issue is that they still owe some of his fee to Eintracht Frankfurt, so some of the money recouped could have gone out of the door as quickly as it arrived.

And Haller has been sold at a £25 million loss anyway, according to a report from the Guardian.

As it stands, West Ham’s only senior striker is Michail Antonio and his injury record means he cannot be relied upon to last the entire season alone.

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