Sebastien Haller’s £20million move to Ajax from West Ham United would not have been sanctioned had David Moyes not had another option ready to go.
That is according to ex-Tottenham, Sunderland and Aston Villa striker Darren Bent, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Russell Edge as the dust settled on the Frenchman’s controversial departure.
This website revealed on 7 January that the two clubs were in advanced talks over a £20m deal, meaning West Ham made a £25m loss on the club-record £45m they paid for the striker’s services in July 2019.
It also means Michail Antonio is now the only recognised striker in the first-team squad.
But West Hams shouldn’t worry, according to Bent, as they are likely to see a replacement arrive very soon.
“It surprised me a little bit that they’ve let him go in this climate. But I’ve heard rumours that they’ve got someone that they’re gonna bring in,” he told Football Insider.
“I maybe would have done this deal in the summer. I would have waited. But David Moyes must have someone lined up.
“Obviously, Haller’s been desperate to go. It hasn’t quite worked out for him. He did show flashes that he could succeed in the Premier League, but on a consistent basis, it just hasn’t been there for him. That’s a shame because we know how talented he can be. But it’s the Premier League, these things happen.
“For me, it seems like a good deal even if it is a big hit for West Ham. But they must have something up their sleeve which is why they’re allowing him to leave.
“Him going to Ajax, that’s a great move for himself.”
West Ham had been linked with Bournemouth forward Josh King until Football Insider revealed they had pulled out of the race to sign the Norweigan forward.
According to Sky Sports, the Hammers now see Reims striker Boulaye Dia as a more suitable Haller replacement.