West Ham United could be eyeing a potential alternative to David Moyes’ no.1 target…
According to the ever-reliable ExWHUemployee on a recent episode of ‘The West Ham Way’ podcast, Gent and Ukraine striker Roman Yaremchuk could emerge as a serious possibility for the Hammers this summer as there is “strong interest” from the club.
The 25-year-old, who recently excelled at Euro 2020, has been following the Irons’ social media accounts and has recently liked posts involving Declan Rice.
Yaremchuk was first mooted with a move to the London Stadium last month, with the Express claiming that the Hammers were one of several teams keeping tabs on the 6 foot 3 talisman.
Ex also claims he is seen as an alternative to Tammy Abraham, who the anonymous source has previously stated is the first-choice option for Moyes this window.
It’s hardly a surprise that West Ham could be looking elsewhere as they seem some way apart from Chelsea’s valuation of the England international. The Daily Mail believe they want in excess of £40m, whilst Moyes is said to value him at just £25m.
Yaremchuck would be an intriguing alternative, especially after his performances this summer.
He scored twice and provided one assist in his five appearances at Euro 2020, which included a particularly starring role against the Netherlands in Ukraine’s Group C opener.
“Roman Yaremchuk has had a phenomenal tournament so far. Definitely going to get a move to a top 5 league soon,” claimed journalist Zach Lowry after their second match against North Macedonia.
His form on the international stage was merely a continuation from what has been a fine domestic campaign, in which he delivered 23 goals and eight assists in 43 appearances, via Transfermarkt.
Yaremchuk averaged a goal or assist every 115 minutes for Belgian giants Gent and contributed to 41% of all their league goals scored. It’s no wonder the club’s official account dubbed him a “machine” on Twitter at the end of the season.
If he’s available for a cheaper fee than Abraham, then Moyes must consider a move, though he would not arrive with proven experience in England.
But neither did Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal – look how they turned out.