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Axe man: Bilic has sanctioned the summer exits of senior trio

By Danny Wright

West Ham have confirmed the signing of attacker Sead Haksabanovic from Swedish club Halmstads BK.

The Hammers announced on their official Twitter account and official website on Monday night that the 18-year-old had become their fifth signing of the summer after putting pen-to-paper on a five-year deal.

Haksabanovic arrives at the London Stadium for an undisclosed fee and offers a lot of promise after already earning 70 senior appearances in Sweden with Halmstads.

He became the second youngster player in Swedish top-flight history in 2015 and has since kept his place in the first-team.

Last season saw the attacking midfielder score five goals in 22 appearances across all competitions, as well as earning his first full international cap for Montenegro in June, despite rising through the ranks of the Swedish youth set-up.

Haksabanovic is yet another attacking player to have joined West Ham this summer, following Javier Hernandez and club-record signing Marko Arnautovic.

The Irons have also snapped up Pablo Zabaleta and Joe Hart on loan while a number of players have left including Enner Valencia, Darren Randolph and Ashley Fletcher.

Football Insider Verdict

Although things got off to a slow start, West Ham seem to have had a very successful summer. Hernandez and Arnautovic should solve their inability to find the net while Zabaleta and Hart bring a lot of experience and title-winning ability to the defence. Haksabanovic looks like a prospect for the future, and the fact that he has been used to first-team football in Sweden means that he has a lot of potential. It’s unlikely that he will get a chance in Slaven Bilic’s first-team plans this season, but in the long run, the Montenegrin could prove to be a very handy addition to the Irons’ set-up. He’s young, pacey and is tied down on a long deal. At the very least he could turn out to be a good financial buy.

In other West Ham news, this international midfielder on the Hammers’ radar is set to move to the Premier League after having a medical.

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