The agent of West Ham United winger and Premier League benchwarmer Andriy Yarmolenko has opened the door for a summer switch to Serie A outfit Genoa, speaking to Tribuna.
Just in case you were wondering, no it is not a coincidence that Yarmolenko has been linked with Genoa since the appointment of his former Ukraine coach Andriy Shevchenko at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.
At this stage, however, it’s not certain whether there is genuine interest on Genoa’s part.
Or whether reports suggesting that the former Dortmund winger could swap London for Liguria are a classic case of ‘two plus two equals five’.
Is Andriy Yarmolenko leaving West Ham for Genoa?
“At the moment these are rumours, no one has contacted either the club or us,” admits Yarmolenko’s agent, Vadim Shabliy.
Shabliy does believe, however, that Serie A football would suit his client down to the ground, highlighting the fact that a number of players have shone on Italian soil after their 30th birthday, from Cristiano Ronaldo to Fabio Quagliarella.
“In the Italian championship, Andrei will be able to stay at his level for three or four years,” Shabliy adds. “He has known Shevchenko for a long time, knows his requirements. Why not (make the move)?
“Of course, many clubs are interested in him. There is nothing from West Ham, they have a contract until the summer. We are waiting for the development of events.
“There is a lot of interest in him.”
Yarmolenko did find the net with a clever header during West Ham’s 2-0 Europa League victory over Rapid Vienna last week. But it seems unlikely that a player of his stature and experience is particularly happy being restricted to the odd midweek cameo.
The Athletic reported last summer that Yarmolenko, who is understood to earn £115,000-a-week at the London Stadium, was far from pleased with his backseat role in David Moyes’ plans.
The 32-year-old has played just 52 minutes of Premier League football this season, spread across eight substitute appearances.