Well placed Hammers insider claims West Ham have been taken by surprise in the transfer window and want £2m deal.
West Ham fans were hoping David Moyes would have deals lined up and ready to go early in the January window.
But that has not been the case with no arrivals or departures one week in.
With Czech billionaire Daniel Kretinsky on board and the club well placed for a Champions League push and in the last 16 of the Europa League, West Ham supporters are understandably expectant.
Moyes is looking to sign at least one defender and a forward.
But the Scot is also hoping to shift some deadwood from his squad too.
Insider claims West Ham have been taken by surprise in transfer window and want £2m deal
West Ham have been taken by surprise in the window, though, by the lack of interest in Andriy Yarmolenko.
That’s according to insiders Claret and Hugh, who have direct links to the West Ham boardroom.
“West Ham insiders are surprised they have not yet seen a single inquiry come in for Andriy Yarmolenko,” Claret and Hugh state.
“With his contract running out in June the Irons were pretty well convinced that the Ukrainian international would attract several clubs…
“The Hammers have made it clear among agents that Yarmo can leave for as little as £2 million with the main objective of getting him off the wage bill for the rest of the season but so far no club has bitten.”
Some West Ham fans are convinced Yarmolenko has a twin given the difference in his performance levels for the Hammers and the Ukraine national team, where he has God-like status.
On £115,000 per week, Yarmolenko has been West Ham’s highest paid player ever since the departure of Javier Hernandez. He may have been surpassed by Kurt Zouma in the summer, who is rumoured to be on anything from £90k to £120k per week.
So it incenses supporters when they see his often half-hearted displays when coming on as a substitute.
In fairness to Yarmolenko he is the kind of player that would benefit from a run of games to build up his match sharpness and fitness. But that doesn’t seem to impact him when he joins up with Ukraine, for whom he is the record appearance holder and soon to be record goalscorer too.
Yarmolenko also doesn’t offer West Ham enough to warrant a run in the side.
Quite why West Ham are surprised by the lack of offers for Yarmolenko is baffling.
If the winger was going to attract attention it would have been after the Euros where he was one of the standout players of the group stages.
His age and huge wages would be more than enough to put most clubs off. There will be no takers for Yarmolenko in England.
And with his contract up in the summer he is now free to discuss a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs to leave on a free transfer.
If West Ham do manage to somehow ship Yarmolenko out it would save the club nearly £3m in wages between now and the end of the season.
But the player will surely be more likely to agree a pre-contract deal with a foreign club and continue to collect his huge salary from West Ham for the rest of the campaign.
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