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Hammers banking on Ukraine connection

The Hammers will be banking on the Ukrainian connection in January in terms of offloading Andriy Yarmolenko.

Former Ukraine boss Jozef Szabo had told media in his homeland that the new Genoa boss Andriy Shevchenko was considering a swoop for Yarmo in the January transfer window.

Shevchenko, of course, is a Ukraine legend, having played for his country between 1995 and 2012, becoming their all-time record goalscorer, and also managing them between 2016 and 2021.

Yarmo played alongside and worked under Shevchenko for the national team, even taking his goalscoring record along the way.

Now that he is in place in Italy, we can confirm that the Hammers would be more than willing to let Yarmolenko go if a bid were to be forthcoming!

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He has has a contract that runs until the summer and the Irons know that January is likely to be their last chance to receive any kind of fee for him.

He remains a big earner at the London Stadium and getting him off the wage bill is a priority in the next transfer window.

It is yet to be seen how much money Genoa have and what kind of offer they can table but Shevchenko and Yarmolenko are big pals and there will be a hope that the ex-Milan and Chelsea striker firms up his interest with a bid.

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.