By Noel Whelan

21st Jul, 2021 | 12:07pm

West Ham told to get 'highest earner' Yarmolenko 'off the wage bill' amid talks update

West Ham will get financial “breathing space” if they sell big earner Andriy Yarmolenko this summer.

That is according to ex-Premier League attacker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 31-year-old’s West Ham future.

This site revealed on 17th July that the Irons are in talks with Galatasaray over Yarmolenko‘s sale after slashing his asking price to £2million.

The 99-cap Ukraine international has a year remaining on his contract and played a bit-part role for David Moyes’ overachieving side in 2020-21.

Whelan claims that the winger has not shown his talent often enough at West Ham and should be offloaded for the sake of the club’s finances.

He told Football Insider’s Dylan Childs: “I thought he was excellent for Ukraine at the Euros but he’s been very inconsistent for West Ham.

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“When you’re looking to get the wages down it’s probably the right thing to do. Clubs have been hit financially with the fans not being there.

“Some players have got to go and if they feel he is one of them then that will give them some breathing space.

“They’ve still got fantastic wingers there, no doubt about it. This is an opportunity to get their highest earner off the wage bill. It makes certain sense.

West Ham paid Borussia Dortmund £18m for Yarmolenko in 2018.

He has gone on to play 54 times, score 10 goals and lay on six assists for the Hammers.

In other news, big update on West Ham’s bid to sign Spartak Moscow midfielder Alex Kral as cut-price deal pursed.