Andriy Yarmolenko has been linked with a departure from West Ham United after playing for Ukraine at the Euros.
The attacker was a peripheral figure at West Ham under David Moyes this season.
And he has long been linked with a move away as West Ham seek to offload their highest earner (The Mirror).
But Yarmolenko’s £115,000 per week wages – and the fact any buying club would have to match them – have meant a move has never been on the cards.
Yarmolenko linked with West Ham exit but massive wages prove stumbling block
With just a year left on his West Ham contract, the prospects of the club getting any sort of decent money for a player who turns 32 later this year are slim.
Claret and Hugh claimed West Ham will look for a minimum of £5 million for Yarmolenko this summer.
Yarmo agent denies West Ham departure rumours
But with a £5.5m annual salary to factor into any deal for one year at least – unless Yarmolenko agrees to a pay cut for a longer term deal elsewhere – even that looks unlikely.
It may come as no surprise then to hear that the West Ham winger’s agent has now spoken out on his future insisting Yarmo wants to stay and ‘fight for his place’.
According to West Ham insiders Claret and Hugh, Vadim Shabliy says he has had no discussions over an exit for his client over the summer.
Moyes knows he must beef up his West Ham squad this summer.
Moyes focused on key priorities but Yarmolenko could be used more in jam-packed schedule
The Scot has four key priorities.
The first is to get Jesse Lingard signed permanently. And West Ham got a massive boost yesterday when the player finally spoke out on his future.
Another major priority for West Ham is to sign a striker while a new central midfielder and a centre-back – with James Tarkowski emerging as the prime target – are next on the list.
But with European football, Yarmolenko could well given more game time in certain games as West Ham’s schedule will be a lot more demanding than usual.