Campbell shares 'honest' West Ham verdict after surprising Haller reveal from Ornstein
Kevin Campbell has claimed “hindsight is a wonderful thing” after it was revealed West Ham did not include a goal clause in the sale of Sebastien Haller.
However, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Arsenal and Everton striker insisted the Irons “will not be worried about it” as the deal was still a good one for the London club.
Haller joined Ajax in a £20.25million deal in January after a difficult 18 months at the London Stadium.
According to The Athletic‘s David Ornstein (September 20th), the Hammers did not negotiate an add-on into the deal that would see them earn if the striker was a success in Amsterdam.
It comes as somewhat of a surprise as such a clause is fairly common in the transfers of strikers, especially those that go for big money.
Haller has excelled for the Dutch giants since and has scored nine goals in seven appearances this season, including four in one Champions League game.
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When asked by Football Insider if failure to include a goal clause was short-sighted of West Ham, Campbell said:
“Let’s be honest, that is not always the case. You can heavily weight a deal with add-ons and you get nothing from it.
“Sometimes the transfer just has to be straight. That was the case with Haller.
“He was not happy at West Ham and they were happy to move him on and get him off the books.
“Hindsight is a wonderful thing but I don’t think West Ham will be too worried about it. Yes, they made a loss but it was not that bad of a deal. They have moved on.”