Genoa are in contention to sign West Ham outcast Andriy Yarmolenko in the upcoming January transfer window.

According to a report from Pianeta Genoa, Andriy Yarmolenko could be on the verge of a January exit from West Ham. The winger has been targeted by new Genoa head coach Andriy Shevchenko, who is hoping to sign up a few Ukrainian players next month in order to shore up his options in midfield and attack.

Yarmolenko, in particular, has emerged as a top target, with the report suggesting that there has been already some form of agreement regarding a January move. West Ham are expected to sanction the departure as well, but only for a small fee as the player’s contract expires at the end of the season.

Formerly of Dynamo Kyiv and Borussia Dortmund, Yarmolenko has never really got going in the Premier League since joining West Ham back in 2018. In over three and a half years, the winger has made 68 competitive appearances, scoring only 11 goals.

The Ukrainian international has struggled to showcase the consistency that was prevalent during his time at Dynamo Kyiv. His one-dimensional football has not tuned in well with the Premier League either. As a result, he has fallen behind the likes of Jarrod Bowen and Said Benrahma in the current West Ham setup under David Moyes.

epa05233936 Andriy Yarmolenko of Ukraine celebrates after scoring a goal during the international friendly soccer match between Ukraine and Wales at the Olimpiysyi stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, 28 March 2016. EPA/SERGEY DOLZHENKO
Yarmolenko is different gravy for Ukraine (Photo by EPA/SERGEY DOLZHENKO)

That said, Yarmolenko has been an entirely different player on the international stage. He is, in fact, Ukraine’s second all-time top goalscorer with 44 goals in 106 matches, just behind Chelsea legend and former Ballon d’Or winner Andriy Shevchenko.

The 32-year-old has played under Shevchenko for the Ukrainian national team, enjoying immense success at the top level. And just a month after being hired as the new Genoa manager, it appears the former forward is keen on a reunion as he looks to bolster his options in the attacking department.

However, Yarmolenko isn’t the only attacker to be linked with a move to Genoa. The Italian outfit, which is currently fighting relegation in Serie A, is shockingly among the clubs involved in the race to sign Christian Pulisic.

Yarmolenko himself doesn’t have any shortage of suitors either, with Trabzonspor most recently sounding out West Ham over a potential move in January. Hence, we could expect a bit of a transfer duel for the Ukrainian winger next month, although the player is more than likely to move to Italy and reunite with a manager he knows well in an attempt to revive his career.

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