Frank McAvennie tips West Ham to cash in on Andriy Yarmolenko before the 5 October transfer deadline despite his brace in the EFL Cup last night.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the Irons legend claimed that it’s “difficult” to justify keeping the 30-year-old, along with teammate Felipe Anderson, due to their high wages.
According to Sportrac, Yarmolenko is the club’s top earner on £115,000-a-week with Anderson, who earns £85,000-a-week, third highest on the wage bill.
The pair have been on the fringes of the first team since David Moyes was appointed manager last December but have impressed in recent EFL Cup wins over Hull City and Charlton Athletic.
When asked by Football Insider if he expected the club to sell Yarmolenko before the 5 October deadline, McAvennie said:
“I think West Ham will cash in on him because Bowen is there and he has cemented that place. Snoddy is coming back and he can play left or right so we don’t need Yarmolenko to stay.
“I thought we would have cashed in on a few players by now. I think somebody will take a chance on Yarmolenko because he is a wonderful player.
“It will be the same situation with Anderson – it is difficult having somebody on big wages who is not getting into the starting eleven.
“It is not good for the boys and it is not good for the club. If they are any kind of players they would want to move on and play regular first team football. Maybe I am old fashioned because I wanted to play all of the time but some players now just want to sit.”
In other West Ham news, Noel Whelan has told Football Insider Moyes will be “kicking himself” after Celtic transfer decision.