West Ham were able to fend off interest from German giants Bayern Munich in the summer as they secured club-record signing Sebastien Haller from Eintracht Frankfurt in a £45m deal.
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Despite Haller being on a shortlist assembled by Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, sports director Hasan Salihamidzic, coach Niko Kovac and chief scout Marco Neppe; the reigning Bundesliga champions eventually opted against the move.
Instead, they brought in young Fiete Arp from Hamburg and two-footed maestro Ivan Perisic on a loan deal from Inter.
Haller, who almost went under the radar last season due to Luka Jovic's breakout campaign, became the London club's record signing, with the Hammers topping the £36m fee they paid for Lazio's Felipe Anderson during the previous summer.
The 25-year-old looks to have settled in at his new club rather nicely, scoring three goals in his opening three Premier League games as the Hammers look hell-bent on pushing for a top six finish.