Darren Bent has urged West Ham to cash in on Andriy Yarmolenko and reinvest in new signings before the end of the transfer window.

The former Tottenham and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admits he thought the 30-year-old should have been sold before Grady Diangana was allowed to leave the London Stadium.

Sky Sports report that the Ukraine international, who joined the Hammers back in 2018 for a fee said to be in the region of £17.5million, is a target for Chinese Super League side Shandong Luneng.

Bent admits he has not been impressed by Yarmolenko during his two years in England and suggests the attacker should be sold to help bring in other players before the window slams shut next month.

Asked if the Hammers should cash in on the Ukraine ace, Bent told Football Insider: “Yeah, 100 per cent, definitely – he’s one I would definitely be looking to try and cash in on.

“I would have let him go before Diangana, I would have seen him going before. We’ve seen flashes where he was superb.

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“I remember his goal against Chelsea, great finish, and I think against Manchester United he was very, very good but other than that, it’s a handful of appearances where you can say he played well.

“He’s one I’d try to cash in on and try to bring some reinforcements in.” 

Yarmolenko has scored a total of seven goals and chipped in with a further two assists in 34 appearances for West Ham to date.

The 88-cap international suffered a torn Achilles injury back in October 2018 which kept him out of action until August 2019.

In other West Ham news, the Irons are set to launch a mammoth transfer offer.