Danny Mills has revealed that the West Ham board are planning on building their side around new striker Sebastien Haller.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England star lifted the lid on a conversation he had with Hammers chief Karren Brady on transfer deadline day about the club’s plans moving forward, revealing that the German hitman is their focal point.
West Ham snapped up Haller from Eintracht Frankfurt earlier this summer after an impressive season in the Bundesliga.
Brady revealed to Mills that both the board and manager Manuel Pellegrini are happy with the transfer business they have conducted and that their new hitman will dictate new arrivals coming in.
“I think getting an out-and-out centre forward in Haller is really good business, he looked good,” Mills told Football Insider.
“I was actually speaking to Karren Brady yesterday (Thursday, 8 August) at an event and she said that they’re looking to build the team around him. They’re very happy with the business that they’ve done. The manager’s very, very positive.
“They’re looking forward and they’re looking to improve on what they did last season which was 10th.”
Haller netted at a rate of a goal every two games in the Dutch top flight, with 41 in 82 appearances for Utrecht, before continuing his impressive run of scoring in Germany.
The 25-year-old managed to hit 33 in 77 for Frankfurt, including 15 in 29 Bundesliga outings last season, and replaces Marko Arnautovic up top for the Irons.