West Ham confident they will NOT face FIFA sanction after Eintracht Frankfurt complain over Premier League side defaulting on £5.4m payment for top scorer Sebastien Haller
- West Ham paid £45million to Eintracht Frankfurt for Sebastien Haller last year
- An agreement was struck between the two clubs to pay the fee in instalments
- Frankfurt have complained West Ham defaulted on £5.4m payment of Haller
- But the Premier League club are confident they will not face FIFA sanctions
West Ham are confident they will not face any punishment after Eintracht Frankfurt complained to FIFA about the Premier League club defaulting on a £5.4million payment for Sebastien Haller.
Haller joined for a record £45m fee last summer – 75 per cent of which was paid up front – but West Ham missed paying their latest instalment on May 15.
Yet West Ham insiders insist the contractual problem is a misunderstanding which will be resolved before world football’s governing body have a chance to investigate or issue any sanctions.
West Ham are confident they will not face FIFA sanctions over the transfer of Sebastien Haller
The Hammers purchased the 26-year-old striker from Eintracht Frankfurt for £45m in 2019
Haller, who has yet to appear since the Premier League season restarted, is nearing a return to full fitness after a hip injury with him back training on the grass ahead of Newcastle on Sunday.
‘The players have nothing to do with what is going on between the clubs or discussing money,’ manager David Moyes said on Friday. ‘The player is only involved in his contract, nothing else.
‘He’s back on the grass and we’re trying to get him back. It’s going to be touch and go at the moment.’
Newcastle could come too soon for the striker, with Michail Antonio, who was instrumental in West Ham’s 3-2 win over Chelsea on Wednesday, likely to start up front instead.
The two clubs agreed that the fee for the Frenchman would be paid over instalments
What Mick did in those last two minutes to make the goal — playing a lovely one-two and the pass for Yarmolenko — we couldn’t have asked for more,’ Moyes added.
‘Mick has improved his fitness levels over lockdown. You know his history has hamstring injuries but at the moment — touch wood — he’s in a good place with all of that.
‘But we need Seb because he gives us different options at different times.’
Moyes added he is not yet looking at transfers ahead of next season and will only do so once he has confirmation of which division they are in.
But the Hammers have defaulted on their latest payment for the striker that was due in May