Embarrassed Ajax beg UEFA for help after FORGETTING to include £20m record signing Sebastian Haller in their Europa League squad, weeks after rescuing him from his West Ham nightmare
Ajax could be left to rue an embarrassing mistake after accidentally leaving club-record signing Sebastien Haller out of their Europa League squad.
The Dutch giants swooped for Haller in a £20m move from West Ham in the January transfer window – 18 months after the Hammers splashed out £45m on the striker -but, as it stands, he is ineligible to face Lille in the Europa League later this month.
‘He is indeed not on the list, we are trying to find out what went wrong,’ said Ajax spokesman Miel Brinkhuis to Dutch publication AD. ‘We have contacted the KNVB (Dutch FA) and UEFA.’
Ajax have mistakenly left record signing Sebastien Haller out of their Europa League squad
The 26-year-old Haller has scored twice in his first six games since joining from West Ham
There is no obvious reason for Haller to be excluded and the striker hasn’t played in Europe this season.
Ajax announced the signing of Haller on January 8 and their deadline to name their Europa League team was February 3.
To compound matters, Ajax did remember to include midfielder Oussama Idrissi, a deadline-day loan signing from Sevilla who has yet to play.
The 26-year-old Haller has hit the ground running in Holland, firing in two goals in hist first six games.
He signed a four-and-a-half-year deal upon joining Ajax, with West Ham accepting a bid that was half of what they paid for him in July 2019.
Ajax did remember to include Oussama Idrissi (right) in the side, a deadline-day signing
Haller’s move to Ajax came after a frustrating 18 months with West Ham in the Premier League
During his time in London, Haller scored 14 goals in 54 appearances in all competitions for West Ham
It appears the chance to play in Europe was a big attraction for Haller, who said upon his arrival: ‘This is a club where I can compete in the Champions League and chase titles every season and it’s that winning mentality that suits me.’
Ajax have a seven-point lead at the summit of the Eredivisie table and are next in action on Sunday against Utrecht.
West Ham, meanwhile, defeated Aston Villa 3-1 on Wednesday evening in the Premier League and are fifth in the table. They meet London rivals Fulham on Saturday.