Andriy Yarmolenko could soon be handed a route out of West Ham…
It’s evident that the 104-time Ukraine international is far from a first-choice option in east London and he may well be offered a return to his home country after some interesting comments emerged this week.
The 31-year-old played for Dinamo Kyiv for almost a decade before earning a move to Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund and their club president, Ihor Surkis, has hinted that he would be interested in signing him.
“There is no such agreement, but it depends on both parties. If Andriy has a desire, I will gladly give him the opportunity to end his career at his home club. I have great respect for what he did for Dynamo, and I consider him a very decent man,” he told TaToTake (via NV Sport).
If this opportunity does arise, then David Moyes must let the £3.6m-rated outcast depart the London Stadium as he’s been absolutely stealing a living since his £18m move from Dortmund over three years ago.
Last season, Yarmolenko made just one start in the Premier League and that looks to be a similar case this campaign after managing only 206 minutes (33 in the league) across all competitions, via Transfermarkt.
That’s just an abhorrent waste of money, considering he was the Irons’ top earner on around £115k-per-week prior to the arrival of Champions League winner Kurt Zouma – the fact that he’s only on £5k-per-week more speaks volumes.
Since joining on July 11th 2018, Yarmolenko has cost a total of £39.4m, when factoring in his wages during those 171 weeks, as well as that £18m transfer fee.
That means the 31-year-old flop has seen GSB burn £615k per appearance and even more worryingly, £3.94m per goal, which is diabolical considering he’s a versatile frontman that can play out wide or up top.
Whether Kyiv come forward with an offer in January remains to be seen but at the very least, Moyes and co should do all they can to shift the Hammers dud on in January.