Wednesday 17 Jul
Updated Wednesday 17 Jul 18:30
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Sebastien Haller is an important striker for our squad – Manuel Pellegrini

Sebastien Haller

Manuel Pellegrini believes Sebastien Haller will add all-round quality to West Ham United’s forward line after the Frenchman completed a Club-record transfer from Eintracht Frankfurt.

The 25-year-old has been prolific throughout his career for Auxerre, Utrecht, Eintracht and the France U21 side, making him one of Europe’s hottest properties.

The Hammers won the race to sign Haller and manager Pellegrini told the media at the Premier League Asia Cup in China that he is delighted to have got his man.

“We signed Sebastian Haller because we need a striker and he is an important striker for our squad,” he began. “He had a very good season in the Bundesliga and Haller will play more as a centre forward, but he can also play as a winger so we have another option on the wing.

“When you compare the squad list to last season, we need players in his position. We lost Marko Arnautovic, Andy Carroll and Lucas Perez already this summer.

“So, we needed to find a new one and we have different options now. He is not only a box player, he will play well outside of the box. It will be his first season in England and I know he will be a good striker for our team.

“We also have Michail Antonio and Javier Hernandez [who can play up front] too. I think we are going to have a good squad and now we have to find the right system.”

Pellegrini also dismissed the suggestion that the signing of Haller, who has scored more than 100 career goals for club and country, means any of the aforementioned forward players will be allowed to leave before the transfer window closes in early August.

But the manager did admit that players in other positions may be allowed to leave.

“Haller coming will be good for us,” he confirmed, “and at this moment we are not losing any more players in attacking areas of the squad. In other areas, we will see.”

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