Report: West Ham have ‘very concrete’ interest in Euro 2020 star, £25.5m bid on the cards
West Ham United are not afraid to pay up to £25.5million to sign Gent striker Roman Yaremchuk, according to Calciomercato.it.
The Hammers have ‘very concrete’ interest in Ukraine’s star of Euro 2020 as David Moyes searches for a centre-forward. Yaremchuk has kicked off the European Championship in fine fashion with two goals and an assist in two games.
His strike initially drew Ukraine level with the Netherlands in a 3-2 defeat last Sunday after assisting Andriy Yarmolenko. Yaremchuk then connected with Yarmolenko for his second of the tournament to beat North Macedonia 2-1 on Thursday afternoon.
Yaremchuk could now fill the void in Moyes’ squad Sebastien Haller left at West Ham after joining Ajax in January. The Hammers have not been scared off by Gent’s demands, suggesting a bid is on the cards for the 25-year-old, who scored 23 goals last season.
Gent will demand between €25-30m (£21.5-£25.5m) to sell Yaremchuk amid the interest from West Ham. But the 26-cap forward is also wanted in Portugal by Sporting Lisbon and Germany with Wolfsburg.
The Bundesliga outfit have taken steps toward signing Yaremchuk this summer and are preparing an opening offer. Arsenal and Sporting also sounded out the Dynamo Kyiv product last summer, although neither made a move.
Recent reports by the Express of West Ham’s interest in Yaremchuk also cited Sevilla, Bologna and Bayer Leverkusen among his potential suitors.
TBR’s view: West Ham face rising Yaremchuk valuation
Yaremchuk scoring twice in as many Euro 2020 games could leave West Ham facing Gent increasing their asking price. The Ukraine striker is seemingly loving life at the tournament after also enjoying a prolific domestic campaign.
Gent can also point to the building interest from German with Wolfsburg to demand a lucrative sum from West Ham. Moyes is in desperate need of another centre-forward, as well, which only hampers their bargaining position.
West Ham could, then, have to move quickly if they want Yaremchuk lining up alongside his compatriot Yarmolenko at the London Stadium next season. When Moyes will not be able to afford only having Michail Antonio as a recognised striker with Europa League action on the way.
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