Noel Whelan claims West Ham will struggle to get rid of Andriy Yarmolenko this summer because of his sky-high wages. 

The former Leeds United forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the Ukrainian hasn’t contributed enough at the London Stadium.

This site revealed last week that West Ham are planning to offload the 31-year-old in the summer and take a significant hit on the transfer fee of up to £13m in order to get him off the wage bill.

The winger has only started one Premier League game this season but he has been used as a substitute on a regular basis by David Moyes.

Yarmolenko is one of the top earners at West Ham and Whelan believes the attacker’s wages may put off any potential suitors this summer.

Whelan told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, “They’ll struggle to get rid of him. 

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“It’s a hell of a wage to be paying out, he is a good player but he’s had too many injuries and not really contributed enough. 

“It could be a stumbling block that could potentially put off other clubs wanting to buy him. Even if they do sell him they’re going to have to pay off his wages. 

“He’s not going to ask to leave the club so they’ll still have to pay a big chunk of that wage he’s earning. 

“A bit of a predicament there for West Ham. He’s a player they’ll want to get off the books because of the wages he demanded. 

“It’s something that will scare off buyers.”

Yarmolenko was deployed regularly during the Hammers’ domestic cup campaigns this season.

He played a starring role in the 5-1 Carabao Cup win against Hull City as he picked up two goals and two assists.

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