West Ham United winger Andriy Yarmolenko could be on the move this summer…
According to Turkish newspaper Fotomac (via Sport Witness), Super Lig giants Galatasaray are looking at signing the Ukraine international this transfer window.
It’s thought that the 22-time league winners will be aggressive in the market, having been pipped to the title this season by arch-rivals Besiktas, once they appoint their next president.
The Irons are said to be keen on selling the 31-year-old as he enters the final year of his £115k-per-week contract at the London Stadium, though it remains to be seen how much the Hammers could command in terms of a transfer fee.
Yarmolenko was one of Mario Husillos and Manuel Pellegrini’s many transfer disasters in East London, so as the club embarks on an exciting new era with Europa League football on the horizon, it would be a fitting way to move on from that troubled past by moving the veteran on.
The versatile 6 foot 2 attacker has been troubled by a mix of inconsistencies on the pitch and injuries. For example, this season under David Moyes, Yarmolenko has been restricted to one league start and a total of just 362 minutes, via Transfermarkt.
All in all, it’s fair to suggest that he’s not justified his price tag or wages, which makes him one of Pellegrini’s worst mistakes.
It’s unlikely that the club can recoup much of what they’ve wasted on Yarmolenko but they should absolutely snatch what they can get from Galatasaray.
When factoring in fees and wages, the Ukraine winger has cost GSB around £39.5m – and counting – since he’s been at the club. In fact, it’s nearly three years to the day he signed.
Despite being dubbed “really special” by teammate Declan Rice, it’s time for Moyes to show no mercy and get the 32-year-old off the books this summer.
He’s held the Hammers back for years and that money could be better off spent on improving the squad, rather than it being wasted on him. He must be axed following any approach for his signature.