West Ham United handed Sebastien Haller a £3 million payout to compensate for lost wages while selling the striker to Ajax, as reported by 90Min.
Talk about rubbing salt in the wounds.
The Hammers have already come under fire for accepting a knock-down fee of £20 million for Haller, 18 months after forking out a club-record £45 million to Eintracht Frankfurt.
If that was bad enough, just listen to this.
According to 90Min, West Ham handed Haller a staggering lump sum to push through his move to the Eredivisie league leaders.
The 26-year-old will earn £90,000 a week at Ajax – far less than the £130,000 he was taking home at the London Stadium.
To ensure he accepted the reduced terms on offer at the Johan Cruyff Arena, West Ham offered Haller a parting gift of £3 million to compensate for the money he’ll miss out on in the Netherlands.
To make matters worse, Haller has already made his mark at Ajax, setting up a goal after coming off the bench in the 2-2 draw with title rivals PSV Eindhoven at the weekend.
“He didn’t know five days ago he was going to Ajax and has only trained twice,” Ajax coach Erik Ten Hag, who previously got the best out of Haller at Utrecht, told AD.
“But you saw his huge impact on the squad. He also let his fellow players play better football. Too bad he was just offside when he scored (a goal ruled out by VAR).
“But he has proven his worth.”
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