Injury-prone attacker Andriy Yarmolenko is staying at West Ham United and could end up costing the club over £40million.
That’s according to the Ukrainian’s agent Sergey Serebrennikov (Meta-ratings.com.ua).
Yarmolenko has made just 25 appearances in two years with West Ham following a £17.5million move from Borussia Dortmund in 2018.
A serious Achilles injury – the second of his career – just three months after joining the Hammers has disrupted his time at the club.
When fully fit and firing Yarmolenko has showed his class. But that has not been often enough.
Reports claim West Ham want to offload Yarmolenko
The 86-capped international has been linked with Fenerbache (Takvim).
But now Yarmolenko’s agent has dismissed the speculation.
Serebrennikov claims West Ham want to keep his client because David Moyes rates him and he is one of the ‘leaders’ in the dressing room (Meta-ratings.com.ua).
“The manager is happy with his game and happy that Yarmolenko is part of the team,” Serebrennikov told Meta-ratings.com.ua.
Agent denies exit talk, says Moyes wants to keep ‘leader’
“Talks about Fenerbahce are nothing more than fiction and creativity of the Turkish press. No offence to Fenerbahce, but the Turkish club and West Ham are on different levels.
“The English club is willing to keep Yarmolenko. When a club wants to sell a player, it declares so, but there were no such statements from the English club regarding Yarmolenko.
“The most important thing for Andriy now is to get fit after his injury. He will definitely help West Ham in the remaining matches of this season and I am sure will continue to play in England. He is one of the leaders of the current West Ham squad.”
It is understandable why Yarmolenko would not want to leave West Ham.
£40million man must start justifying big money
He is the club’s highest earner on £115,000 per week (Spotrac). At 30 his earnings are not going to go up anytime soon and other clubs will struggle to match that if he did leave.
Conversely that is precisely why West Ham may struggle to offload him for anything like a decent price.
Yarmolenko still has two years to run on his four-year deal. It is a decision which now looks questionable with the club liable to fork out over £11million in basic salary alone to Yarmolenko in that time.
The Yarmolenko transfer fee and wages combined will end up costing West Ham over £40million if he stays for the full term.
When the season resumes next week he needs to start repaying the club on the pitch by helping them secure Premier League survival.