Andriy Yarmolenko may face make-or-break summer amid reported transfer plans
Andriy Yarmolenko could have a make-or-break summer with Ukraine in the Euros as West Ham are reportedly looking to offload him, Felipe Anderson and Manuel Lanzini in this transfer window.
According to a report in The Evening Standard, West Ham are set to announce a new three-year contract extension with David Moyes after an incredible season that saw them qualify for Europe.
His decision to stay would mean that certain players he’s not fond of, could be shown the door, and the trio are expected to part ways with the Hammers this summer.
Anderson, who isn’t rated highly by Moyes, spent this past season out on loan at FC Porto. With his contract expiring at the end of the next season, this is West Ham’s only chance of cashing in on him.
Lanzini has played a bit-part role for Moyes, but hasn’t quite lived up to the levels expected from him.
Yarmolenko, who has made just 47 appearances in three seasons at the club – and with his abhorring injury record, will find it difficult to stake a claim to stay at the club beyond this summer.
However, one thing that could work in his favour is the European Championships.
The Ukrainian forward is likely to be a regular for his country at the Euros and could put in a blinder of a tournament that makes Moyes change his mind.
At the moment, the player’s valuation isn’t that high either, so there isn’t expected to be an array of clubs waiting in line to secure his services.
His stock could rise at the Euros which could tempt West Ham to sell him or the Hammers could offer the attacker a second chance at the club.
We’re already short on right-sided attacking players and if Anderson leaves and Lanzini, who can be deployed there, is also shown the door, we’re instantly short on two names in that area of the pitch.
There is a good chance of signing someone there, but having a fit Yarmolenko, hopefully on the back of a good international, won’t be the worst idea in the world.
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