Ajax want to strengthen their attack by signing Sébastien Haller, who has failed to live up to expectations since joining West Ham for a record £45m in 2019. The striker has struggled to adapt to the pace of English football and is prepared to make the switch to the Dutch club.
It is understood Ajax hope to pay about £25m for Haller, who became the most expensive player in West Ham’s history with his move from Eintracht Frankfurt 18 months ago. However, a deal could be dependent on David Moyes’s side being able to replace the 26-year-old. West Ham’s only other senior forward, Michail Antonio, has a history of hamstring injuries and has missed a significant portion of this season.
Haller, who has 10 goals in 48 Premier League appearances, had a chance to shine when Antonio sustained a hamstring injury after scoring in the 1-1 draw with Manchester City in October. But the Ivory Coast international has been disappointing despite an extended run up front, scoring twice in 11 games.
Moyes even expressed frustration with Haller after his stunning overhead kick in the 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace last month, with the manager saying he wanted him to be in position to score more tap-ins.
Although Haller has shown flashes of class, he has often looked unsuited to playing as a lone forward in the Premier League. The stronger and quicker Antonio, who has made two substitute appearances since returning to fitness, has been more effective and dangerous.
However, West Ham will not want to be overly reliant on Antonio given the 30-year-old’s injury record. Moyes could revive his interest in the Bournemouth striker Joshua King, who is out of contract in the summer. West Ham have also been linked with the Sparta Prague forward Adam Hlozek, but it is understood a reunion with Marko Arnautovic is unlikely because of the Shanghai SIPG forward’s £300,000-a-week wages.
West Ham could allow Robert Snodgrass to join West Brom. The midfielder has fallen out of favour this season.