West Ham United winger Andriy Yarmolenko will not be moving to Genoa in January, says the Italian club’s manager Andriy Shevchenko.
Sport.ua reported last month (13 November) that the 32-year-old was wanted by Shevchenko, who managed him with the Ukrainian national team.
Yarmolenko has made eight Premier League appearances this season, but all of them have been as a substitute.
Speaking to Tribuna, Shevchenko has now said that a transfer to Stadio Luigi Ferraris is off the table due to Serie A rules over the registration of players without an EU passport.
Asked about targets for the January window, the Genoa boss
said: “This will be done by the sports director. Now the club is looking,
“I’m busy with the team, we have a lot of games now. And I
have already said that two places of players without EU passports are occupied
with us. We cannot accept players without a European passport.”
When probed again on the possibility of signing Yarmolenko, Shevchenko confirmed: “I answered your question. We have no opportunity.”
Staying until the end of the season?
Shevchenko’s admission will come as a blow to West Ham, as Claret and Hugh reported last month (23 November) that the Hammers are “desperate” to sell Yarmolenko and were relying on the Ukrainian link to facilitate a move to Genoa.
With his contract up at the London Stadium next summer (2022), the 32-year-old’s exit from the club seems inevitable, but the question is whether he is worth keeping until the end of the season.
The Ukrainian has started just one Premier League game since
the start of 2020-21 and has not scored a league goal since July 2020, so he is
certainly not going to be a key player for David Moyes.
However, with a current lack of alternatives to Michail
Antonio upfront, Yarmolenko is a decent understudy in that role.
That said, if another club come in with a bid for the winger
next month, the Hammers may be tempted to sell in order to get a fee for him
rather than let him go for free six months later.
In other West Ham news, the Hammers are one of a number of teams chasing this £30m-rated striker.
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