West Ham United may rue David Moyes’ decision to retain Andriy Yarmolenko last summer after reportedly placing the crocked Ukraine winger back on the transfer list.
According to Football Insider, the Irons are planning to part ways with Yarmolenko at the end of the season, even at a substantial loss.
West Ham now intend to listen to offers as they look for ways to raise funds that can be used to strengthen Moyes’ squad, with bids of around £5-6m expected to be enough.
Club chiefs are said to recognise the need to accept a sizeable hit on any fee received if the Irons are to offload Yarmolenko, who will have two years remaining on his contract come the summer.
The ex-Borussia Dortmund dynamo is also currently sidelined through injury, having sustained knee ligament damage during Tuesday night’s FA Cup defeat to Manchester United.
Moyes is currently refusing to put a timescale on the forward’s rehabilitation, with the unwanted winger requiring further assessments.
“Yarmolenko has a got a little bit of a knee injury we’re going to assess so we know exactly what that is,” the West Ham boss noted on Friday.
West Ham placing Yarmolenko on the transfer list ahead of the summer market represents a blunderous U-turn by Moyes, who has rarely called upon the forward to feature since opting to retain the 31-year-old last summer.
Reports had claimed that the Hammers viewed Yarmolenko as a player they could live without amid efforts to raise funds to sign Said Benrahma, having given Moyes the green light to sell the costly failures of Pellegrini and former Director of Football Mario Husillos’ time at the club.
But Moyes later decided that he wished to retain the attacker, who has since gone on to start just one of his 14 Premier League appearances and play a total of 345 minutes in the top-flight thus far this term.
Yarmolenko at least offered Moyes an option to rotate in the cups, starting all six ties played across the EFL and FA Cups, although having that depth has only added to the vast millions West Ham have wasted on the 92-cap Ukraine international.
On top of the expected £12-13m hit on the fee paid to Borussia Dortmund, West Ham have handed over £15.5m and counting in wages across the 135 weeks that Yarmolenko has been earning £115k-p/w in east London.
Had Moyes sold Yarmolenko even on Deadline Day in October, he could have saved the Irons almost £2m in wages. But now, his decision to keep the forward for another year has only served to add further millions to the funds flushed down the drain.
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