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Pellegrini excited by Haller deal

18th July 2019, 13:38 by Tom Hill

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini is confident Sebastian Haller will settle in England quickly after his club-record transfer.

The 25-year-old joined the Hammers on Wednesday from Eintracht Frankfurt after completing a medical and agreeing personal terms earlier this week.

Haller arrives at the London Stadium with a big reputation after scoring over 100 career goals for club and country.

The Frenchman has never represented his country at senior level, but he has played at every level from Under-16 to Under-21.

Haller fills the void after Andy Carroll, Lucas Perez and Marko Arnautovic left the club and Pellegrini expects him to fit in straight away.

He told the club's official website: "We signed Sebastian Haller because we need a striker and he is an important striker for our squad. He had a very good season in the Bundesliga and Haller will play more as a centre forward, but he can also play as a winger so we have another option on the wing.

"When you compare the squad list to last season, we need players in his position. We lost Marko Arnautovic, Andy Carroll and Lucas Perez already this summer.

"So, we needed to find a new one and we have different options now. He is not only a box player, he will play well outside of the box. It will be his first season in England and I know he will be a good striker for our team."

He added: "We also have Michail Antonio and Javier Hernandez [who can play up front] too. I think we are going to have a good squad and now we have to find the right system."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom Hill offers a strong insight into football and rugby league, whilst also having a good knowledge of several other sports including boxing, horse racing and American Football.

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