Kevin Phillips is “amazed” West Ham have sanctioned the sale of Sebastien Haller to Ajax midway through the season.

The 2000 European Golden Shoe winner, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said that the 26-year-old showed “glimpses of brilliance” during his time at the London Stadium including a “wonderful” overhead kick against Crystal Palace last month.

The London club confirmed the departure of Haller to Ajax on Friday after this site revealed that a £20million deal had been agreed between the two sides.

The sale comes just 18 months after the striker was signed for a club-record £45million fee from Eintracht Frankfurt.

Haller was deemed surplus to requirements by Irons boss David Moyes despite scoring seven goals in 19 appearances this season.

When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of the Ivory Coast international’s exit, Phillips said:

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“As much as I think he could have done more during his time at West Ham, it can be very difficult to settle into the Premier League.

“He has scored a decent amount of goals already this year so I am amazed that they have cashed in so early. I am so surprised that he has moved on, even if it does free up a lot of room on the wage bill.

“He has shown glimpses of brilliance this season, the overhead kick against Crystal Palace was a wonderful strike.

“I am amazed they have let him go at this stage of the season.” 

In other news, West Ham have been knocked back in their pursuit of Haller replacement this month.