West Ham’s reported interest in Yevhen Konoplyanka highlights Hammers' European ambitions

Yevhen Konoplyanka is a reported transfer target for West Ham.

The 25-year-old left-sided winger has been linked with a transfer to West Ham by the Daily Mail, with the East London club sending scouts to watch him in action recently.

Currently turning out for Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in the Ukraine, the 43-capped international winger is also being watched by Chelsea and Spurs, as per that report, and West Ham are targeting a player many would believe is out of their league.

However, this should greatly excite Hammers fans as it proves the club are going all out to fight for European football.

Konoplyanka is a player with a great domestic and European pedigree, and has all the experience needed to push a club into the upper echelons of their respective league.

He is the kind of talented attacking player that West Ham are looking to usher into the club as they prepare for a new era at the Olympic Stadium, harking back to the attractive, attacking football of the Hammers’ glory days.

He is the player to fulfil this role, and rather than looking towards the lower leagues for unearthed gems - such as Diafra Sakho and Aaron Cresswell, who arrived from second divisions last summer - Konoplyanka would be arriving from a club already with European pedigree.

The 25-year-old winger is a player that many expect to move to one of Europe’s top leagues in the not too distant future, and, whilst West Ham remain interested, it proves that they are starting to see themselves as a club who should be taken seriously on Europe’s biggest stage.

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