ExWHUemployee has claimed that West Ham United forward Andriy Yarmolenko will not be offered a new contract.
As things stand, the 32-year-old’s current deal with the club is set to expire in the summer 0f 2022 (via Transfermarkt). Despite having been used fairly frequently throughout the early stages of the season, it looks as though the Ukrainian’s time with the Hammers may be coming to an end shortly.
Indeed, while speaking about the player’s future on The West Ham Way podcast, ExWHUemployee said he believes the club will not offer Yarmolenko an extension and that he would probably be sold if a bid came in for him in January.
He explained in more detail, saying: “There’s a few other contracts that are up. Yarmolenko is one, I don’t think we’ll renew that.
“In terms of player departures in January. I mean, I think if an offer came in for Yarmolenko, you could probably expect that to happen.”
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The winger signed for West Ham back in the summer of 2018, arriving from German outfit Borussia Dortmund for a reported fee of £17.5m.
Since that move, however, he has struggled to make the greatest of impacts in England. Injury issues limited him to just nine Premier League appearances in his debut campaign, and he has not actually scored a goal in the league for the club since the 2019/20 season.
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Taking all this into account, it’s not too hard to see why the club aren’t tempted to offer him a new contract. Having paid a reasonable amount for Yarmolenko three years ago, they may well hope to recoup some money back on that deal. This would explain why they are apparently happy to sell him this winter.