West Ham are hoping to sign both Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko, and it could completely transform the Hammers attack for the new season… but be very bad news for one fan favourite.
Yarmolenko is now officially a Hammer after Borussia Dortmund accepted a £17.5m bid from West Ham.
The 28 year-old could also be joined by Felipe Anderson, who has been linked with a move to the London Stadium constantly this summer.
The Brazilian could finally join soon, as BBC reports talks are on-going for a deal around the £40m marker.
Yarmolenko and Anderson are both versatile wingers, and they could form an absolutely devastating partnership with Marko Arnautovic, but it could be bad news for Javier Hernandez.
Either way, getting two international calibre players for a combined fee of around £57.5m would be good business for the Hammers, and it could make “Arnie” even better than last season.
The first thing that jumps out about both wingers is their creativity. Yarmolenko and Anderson are not prolific goalscorers, but they both know how to provide, averaging 1.6 and 1.8 key passes per game in their respective leagues last season.
Yarmolenko will also bring a strong sense of leadership to the club, thanks mainly to his importance to the Ukraine national team. The powerful winger has an incredible 35 goals in 77 caps for his country, and his ability to step up and be “the man” should take pressure off Arnautovic, who was relied upon to rescue the Hammers all too often last season.
Both Anderson and Yarmolenko can play on either wing, but it seems very unlikely the pair will start alongside both Arnautovic and Hernandez, as the four of them simply wouldn’t contribute enough defensively.
If the deals go through for both players, Pellegrini is likely gearing up to play a 4-3-3, leaving Arnautovic to play through the middle after his incredible success there last season.
As much as fans would love to see Chicharito in top form, this would be the right decision from Pellegrini, as getting the best out of Arnautovic should be his top priority.
An interchanging front three of Yarmolenko, Arnautovic and Anderson would bring an incredible variety of pace, power, creativity, goals and most of all a real unpredictability about the Hammers’ attack, something they wouldn’t get with Hernandez despite his fantastic goalscoring record.
So, West Ham fans, what do you think about the swoops for Yarmolenko and Anderson? Is there room for Hernandez as well? Let us know your thoughts down in the comments below…