Reliable insider ExWHUemployee has confirmed that West Ham are indeed considering offers for Andriy Yarmolenko this month, because of the Ukrainian’s wages and the fact that he doesn’t fit David Moyes’s system.
The 30-year-old joined the Hammers from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2018 for around £17.5 million (Evening Standard).
He has really struggled to establish himself at the London Stadium, however.
Yarmolenko has scored just five goals in 25 appearances for West Ham. And it could be argued that he quite simply isn’t suited to the frenetic pace of the Premier League.
The 86-capped Ukraine international earns £115,000 per week according to Spotrac – the club’s highest earner.
So freeing up that kind of money would surely enable Moyes to bring in some top class targets this month.
And Ex claimed on Twitter that West Ham will let the former Dortmund man go, if the right offer comes in:
I forgot to mention him on the podcast annoyingly but yes we are considering offers for him because of his wages and not really fitting in Moyes system https://t.co/yNPKwrk8qp
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) January 14, 2020
There are two sides to this argument. Yarmolenko has been absolutely woeful this season. So moving him on could be the right call, whether that is permanently or on a temporary basis.
West Ham are really lacking as far as strength-in-depth is concerned, however. And they need to bring in new signings rather than let their current players leave.
Much will depend on what kind of offer the Hammers receive for Yarmolenko.
If he is moved on, however, there surely won’t be too many West Ham fans who would be sad to see him leave.