Sebastien Haller has officially left West Ham United to join Dutch giants Ajax in a transfer worth €22.5m (£20.25m), ending the Ivory Coast international’s time in east London after just 18 months.
Haller has signed a four-and-a-half year contract in Amsterdam until June 2025 and will wear the club’s number 22 shirt, vacated by Hakim Ziyech upon his move to Chelsea last summer.
The deal represents a major financial loss for West Ham, who made Haller their club-record signing when they agreed a £45m package to sign him from Eintracht Frankfurt in July 2019.
He had scored 20 goals in all competitions for Frankfurt during the 2018/19 season, but he managed only seven in his debut campaign with the Hammers and had scored another seven in the first half of 2020/21 prior to his exit to Ajax.
Haller had been a regular starter for David Moyes in the Premier League this season in the absence of the injured Michail Antonio, and scored crucial goals against Sheffield United and Crystal Palace. But those were his only league goals since adding a late fourth against Wolves back in September.
It means the 26-year-old managed just 10 Premier League goals in 48 appearances.
Haller previously played in the Eredivisie earlier in his career, scoring 41 league goals in 82 appearances for Utrecht between January 2015 and summer 2017. It was his form there that prompted Eintracht Frankfurt to take him to the Bundesliga.
A statement from the Hammers on Haller’s departure read: “West Ham United would like to thank Sebastien for his contribution to the club and wish him all the best for his future career.”
Meanwhile, West Ham will be in action for the first time without Haller on Monday night when they travel north west to face non-league Stockport County in the third round of the FA Cup.