West Ham news: Yarmolenko may be big-name January casualty

By Wayne Veysey

24th Dec, 2019 | 7:05am

Exclusive: West Ham £18m ace may be biggest casualty of January shake-up

Andriy Yarmolenko may be the most expensive casualty of a major West Ham overhaul next month, Football Insider can reveal.

The winger, 30, has lost his place in Manuel Pellegrini’s side and failed to win his way back despite Manuel Lanzini’s long-term absence and Felipe Anderson’s recent injury.

A West Ham source has told Football Insider that the club are willing to listen to January offers for Yarmolenko and they could cash in on him next month.

The Londoners would even be willing to take a hit on the £18million price paid to land him from Borussia Dortmund last year.

West Ham have compiled an extensive list of January targets as they look to strengthen in four key positions but any signings are dependent on senior players leaving.

Football Insider has revealed that the club will entertain January offers for midfield duo Jack Wilshere and Carlos Sanchez as they look to reshape a squad that has failed to reach expectations this season.

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The likes of on-loan Jordan Hugill are also surplus to requirements at the London Stadium.

Yarmolenko would fetch a considerable fee as he has a proven European pedigree as well as 86 international caps for Ukraine.

The winger has showed only fleeting glimpses of his matchwinning potential since joining West Ham, with his 25 appearances yielding five goals.

His debut season was wrecked by an achilles injury just when he was beginning to fire and he has been in and out of the team this term.

Yarmolenko last started in the 3-2 defeat to Tottenham last month, with Pablo Fornals, Robert Snodgrass and Michail Antonio now ahead of him in the pecking order as well as Lanzini and Anderson when they return.

In other West Ham news, it can be REVEALED that Daniel Levy is set to block Hammers pursuit of Tottenham man who’s keen to move.