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Report makes surprise Andriy Yarmolenko January transfer window claim
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Report makes surprise Andriy Yarmolenko January transfer window claim

Andriy Yarmolenko could now be kept on at West Ham beyond the January transfer window according to a report from the Evening Standard.

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The 32-year-old joined the Hammers from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2018 for around £17 million (The Sun).

He has been a huge disappointment, however, and has failed to live up to expectations at the London Stadium.

Yarmo has shown the odd glimpse of his talent but it is clear and obvious to see that he quite simply isn’t suited to the robust and intense nature of the Premier League.

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Football.London recently claimed that David Moyes is keen to move Yarmolenko on in the January transfer window.

It seems as though the Scot may well have changed his mind though.

Andriy Yarmolenko to stay at West Ham beyond January transfer window?

According to the Evening Standard, the 32-year-old Ukraine international may well be kept on at the London Stadium at least until the end of his current contract that is due to expire in the summer.

The reason for Moyes’s apparent change of heart? It is claimed that Yarmolenko’s experience of playing European football could prove to be invaluable come the knockout stages of the Europa League in March.

In our opinion, that’s clutching at straws.

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Yarmolenko has been so incredibly poor this season. His play is painfully one-dimensional and he lacks the kind of pace, energy and dynamism required to succeed in the English top flight.

The huge problem that the Hammers face in trying to get rid of the former Borussia Dortmund and Dinamo Kyiv attacker is his extortionate salary.

Yarmolenko currently earns £115k-a-week at the London Stadium (Spotrac). Because of those wages, it is highly unlikely that any club will be willing to pay a fee for the Ukrainian in January.

And it seems as though West Ham may well keep him for a few months longer now anyway.

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Having said all of that, and even if he does stay in January, Yarmolenko leaving West Ham in the summer seems to be absolutely nailed on.

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