Sky Sports reported earlier this week that the Hammers are in talks with the Bundesliga club over a potential £40million deal for the 25-year-old, and Hütter feels it is up to the Frenchman.
“The rumour mill, which perhaps is no more, seethes,” he told German publication Bild. “You have to keep calm. It is the decision of the player if he says, ‘I might want to leave the club’, because the complete package is right.
“Purely athletic, he would already be one big loss for us. It’s all about whether or not there is agreement when the clubs are put together. That’s all still in the balance.”
Clearly this isn’t just one of your run-of-the-mill transfer rumours that you get ten times over during the summer transfer window. There is genuine interest from West Ham, and that’s been confirmed by Hütter, here. The Frankfurt boss wouldn’t comment on this unless it was a proper transfer that is being negotiated between the two clubs. His words, then, will likely fill the Hammers faithful with genuine excitement. On the day that Valencia have confirmed the signing of former West Ham transfer target Maxi Gomez, Hütter’s words would appear to confirm that a perhaps even better striker is heading to the London Stadium. Haller is a tremendous footballer, involved in 32 goals in all competitions last season despite playing second fiddle to now-Real Madrid frontman Luka Jovic last campaign. He would be a stellar addition to Manuel Pellegrini’s squad, and it appears it’s up to the player now.