By Noel Whelan

17th Jul, 2021 | 8:00am

Pundit suggests West Ham are offering Yarmolenko new deal to stop him leaving on a free

Noel Whelan has suggested West Ham may try and tie Andriy Yarmolenko down to a new contract – if he can prove his fitness.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the Irons would be “wary” over 31-year-old’s injury problems.

The Ukraine international is into the final 12 months of his current terms at the London Stadium.

According to Turkish publication Sabah (July 10th), Fenerbahce are keen on signing the winger this summer and the Irons are open to selling.

However, Whelan suggested West Ham may be deliberating Yarmolenko’s future after an impressive Euros.

He claimed other clubs would be circling for the attacker if the Irons choose not to tie him down.

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Asked about a new contract for Yarmolenko, Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “If you can get an extension, that’d be good. West Ham are probably wary about the injury problems that he’s had.

“But at the same time, you look at the consistency of performances and the fitness levels that he brought to Ukraine. You’d be sitting there thinking you’ve got a real decision to make.

“It’s a toss of a coin. If he’s not going to sign for West Ham, other teams, players and managers have seen his capabilities.

“If they’re going to put in a bid, it’d be very hard to resist that. You can’t allow a player to go out on a free.

“It’s a real big crossroads right now for Yarmolenko and West Ham.”

Yarmolenko has scored 10 times and contributed six assists in 54 games for the Hammers.

He made 21 appearances, scored three goals and chipped in with four assists across all competitions last term.

In other news, ex-England star drooling as West Ham reportedly close in on “top class” signing.