If there was one signing that caught the attention this season, it was Sébastien Haller joining West Ham United.
The Hammers moved to secure the Frenchman in a £36m deal after they failed to get a deal for Maxi Gómez completed.
The move caught most by surprise, mostly because plenty had predicted Haller would get a move to a bigger European club after his performances for Eintracht Frankfurt last season.
However, it seems there was another offer on the table, but West Ham’s willingness to pay big money ensured it never happened.
According to Frankfurter Rundschau, Bayern Munich were looking at Haller this summer as they sought out a high-quality backup for Robert Lewandowksi.
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, sports director Hasan Salihamidzic, coach Niko Kovac and chief scout Marco Neppe have been discussing finding a replacement for some time and Haller was on their list.
FR report talks were held with Haller but ‘ultimately no agreement’ was reached, and that was due to West Ham.
When the attacker had the Premier League club’s final offer on the table, his representatives put pressure on Bayern.
They elected to pull out of any potential deal, mainly because they considered the €40m West Ham were paying for Haller to be too high of a price for a backup player.
Haller thus ended up at London Stadium, which is a move that’s working out well for all parties so far, with the Frenchman bagging three goals in his first three games and quickly becoming a fan favourite.