And it is believed that the club will now turn its attention to 25-year-old Eintracht Frankfurt hitman Haller [Transfermarkt], who is now top of their wishlist.
Writing on his personal Twitter account, Ex said: “Working on Haller at the moment.
“He is the number one target at the moment.”
Haller would be a wonderful signing for West Ham. The Hammers desperately need to bring in a forward to lead the line next term, and while there seems to be a flurry of names that have sprung up in the aftermath of seemingly missing out on Gomez, Haller could be the best suited of them all. At 25, he is at the peak of his powers, but still has plenty of years left at the highest level. He hit 15 goals in 23 Bundesliga starts last season, but impressively for somebody his size, 11 of those came from his right foot, with just two coming from headers [Whoscored]. He also provided 1.3 key passes and won a whopping 6.9 aerial duels per game, and all in all, those stats paint a picture of a big man who is so much more than a beanpole to lump long balls up to – even though he can play that way if required. He is adaptable and versatile, and he would be a great addition for the Irons.