By West Ham Zone speaking to Frank McAvennie

29th Mar, 2022 | 7:40pm

Frank McAvennie: West Ham should offer Andriy Yarmolenko new deal

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West Ham United winger Andriy Yarmolenko will see his contract expire at the end of this season but Frank McAvennie wants to see him be offered a new deal.

The 32-year-old has started to find form again for the Hammers after a lengthy spell on the sidelines having scored two very important goals against Aston Villa and Sevilla earlier this month.

He did all of this while his homeland of Ukraine was being invaded by Russia in horrific circumstances and he even took time off to rescue his own family from the attacks.

Ex-Hammers striker McAvennie wants to see David Moyes offer the Ukrainian a new contract at the London Stadium having earned it both on and off the pitch over the past few weeks.

“He’s scored two important goals in the past couple of weeks,” McAvennie exclusively told West Ham Zone. “I don’t think he’ll be going anywhere soon.

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“Everybody has seen the best of Yarmolenko recently but his head must be battered and I can only imagine what he’s been through with his family. It’s a horrible situation to be in.

“I think he’s a real player. I really like him and it’s great to see him score the goals these last two weeks; it’s been just brilliant.”

Injury to Jarrod Bowen has seen opportunities to play enhanced in the past couple of weeks but Yarmolenko has risen to the occasion every time.

He may well feature again in claret and blue when the Irons take on Everton on Sunday, hoping to maintain their European charge.

In other West Ham news, this 23-year-old is heading across London with a permanent move looking likely.

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