West Ham want Andriy Yarmolenko gone, but Burnley not keen
West Ham United would like to shift attacking midfielder Andriy Yarmolenko from their wage bill this summer, according to Express Sport.
However, the Daily Express claim on their website that Burnley are not interested in him contrary to reports [Ekrem Konur], with the Ukrainian’s £115,000-per-week wages more than double the £50,000-per-week Clarets’ highest-earner James Tarkowski takes home.
Yarmolenko, 31, has just a year left on his current West Ham deal and is surplus to requirements at the London Stadium.
Last chance to sell
The former Borussia Dortmund forward has struggled to impress since joining the Hammers, and this summer is our last chance to recoup something from a potential sale.
Yarmolenko started just one Premier League last season, coming off the bench 14 times, and it appears his heroics for Andriy Shevchenko’s side at the European Championship have not changed the mind of West Ham manager David Moyes.
The Ukraine international scored twice and made two assists in five games at the tournament, and is currently on holiday.
Yarmolenko is one of the highest earners at the club and we do not reckon he has justified that status.
Moving him on could prove difficult, though, and with his place in the national side guaranteed no matter what, he could be willing to stay until next summer.
Understandably, the influential players at West Ham would be unhappy that the club are unwilling to meet their demands and hand them improved deals despite their quality services.
The likes of Declan Rice, Vladimir Coufal and Tomas Soucek deserve to earn more than Yarmolenko, but that is not the case, and it says a lot about the sorry state of affairs at the club.
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