By Joe Ellis

9th Jun, 2022 | 7:10pm

West Ham United-linked Oleksandr Zinchenko open to new Manchester City deal

Oleksandr Zinchenko is open to staying at Manchester City despite summer interest from West Ham United, according to i news.

The 25-year-old wants to be a more regular feature in the Premier League but has struggled to become a regular at The Eithad and could now be on the move.

The Hammers are rivalling Arsenal as the main two sides hoping to negotiate a deal for the 50-time Ukrainian international but City are understood to be asking for a substantial fee should he leave.

His exit from the reigning Premier League champions is far from guaranteed though as he appears willing to enter talks with the Citizens over staying at the club.

He still has two years left on his City contract so the champions are not in any rush to define his future but he would like an improved deal to reflect his importance to Pep Guardiola’s squad.

Proceed with caution

Zinchenko would be a great addition to David Moyes’ squad and he would add some much-needed versatility to the side being able to play as both a full-back and central midfielder.

But if City really do jack up the price knowing they have two years to sell him, if they even want to do so, then we need to be smart enough to walk away should the price tag get too hefty.

A club should only go for broke for a player who would be revolutionary to the team and take them to another level but the Ukrainian wouldn’t be that for us.

He’d be a handy player to have and he would likely play the majority of games but there is no guarantee that he will be a constant in the Irons’ starting XI.

Tomas Soucek and Declan Rice have the midfield on lockdown and Aaron Cresswell is a top left-back so if he’s to come to the London Stadium, he’d better be prepared to fight for his place.

In other West Ham news, the Hammers could benefit from a whopping £59.5m discount if they revive their interest in this La Liga winger.

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