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Four more names have emerged as potential candidates to replace Sebastien Haller at West Ham, according to reports.
West Ham has confirmed the sale of Haller to Ajax for £ 20.2 million. It means they cause a significant loss to the striker who they paid over £ 40m for in 2019.
Haller did not live up to his price after making the club’s record move. He only scored 10 goals in a season and a half in the Premier League.
Therefore, West Ham decided to cut its losses with him in the January transfer window. Now your focus should be on finding a suitable replacement.
Several reports have already appeared suggesting who the Hammers might sign. One of the main names mentioned is Joshua King.
West Ham was linked to the Bournemouth forward during the summer transfer window. However, the relegated side managed to retain him, unlike some of his other players.
However, King retains the ambition to play in the Premier League again. Thus, Sun. They claim he could be on West Ham’s radar again.
They were willing to pay £ 13 million for their services during the last transfer period. but that offer was rejected. West Ham would be willing to try again, but Bournemouth still wants more.
With Newcastle and West Brom also tied, the Cherries could fetch at least £ 15 million.
King is out of contract at the end of the season, but West Ham can’t wait until then as his options up front are now limited. However, they may have to pay more than what they had booked for the Norway international.
Alternatively, Sun. They also claim that Graziano Pelle is a backup option. The forward has just left Chinese Shandong Luneng and could return to the Premier League after a stint at Southampton a few years ago.
However, Pelle would prefer to return to his native Italy, so it may be necessary to convince him.
Giroud and Arnautovic also on the list of finalists
Elsewhere, there are claims that West Ham could try to lure Marko Arnautovic back to London.
The Austrian previously played for the club between 2017 and 2019, before also moving to China. Recently, Sky sports claimed that West Ham had been offered the opportunity to re-sign the striker from SIPG Shanghai.
However, the only problem would be your salary. It would be difficult for West Ham to match what they have won in China.
Another option, then, is Olivier Giroud. According to Eurosport, the Hammers are interested in the Chelsea forward, who is considering his future.
Giroud is out of contract at the end of the season, and wants to find regular playing time before the summer European Championships.
It is said that staying in London would be “tempting” for the French international. So West Ham is trying to figure out how much the deal would cost them.
Eurosport They also confirm that young Adam Hlozek from Sparta Prague is an option, as is Boulaye Dia from Reims.
Dia was suggested as a target for West Ham in the hours leading up to the completion of Haller’s departure.