Ukraine striker Roman Yaremchuk is a ‘concrete target’ for West Ham United, according to Italian journalist Rudy Galetti.
Yaremchuk, who is currently on Euro 2020 duty, plays for KAA Gent in the Belgian top flight. Last season, he scored 20 goals in 34 appearances in the Jupiler Pro League, ranking him joint-third in the division.
The 25-year-old has been with Gent since 2017 and has four years left on his current contract.
Yaremchuk has found the net in both of Ukraine’s Euro 2020 Group C matches so far. He headed Ukraine level against the Netherlands in their opener before Denzel Dumfries’ late winner, and he was also on the scoresheet in the 2-1 victory against North Macedonia last Thursday.
In a tweet, Galetti reported that the Hammers had developed a serious interest in Yaremchuk, who is ‘a concrete target’ for the east London club.
The journalist claimed that an offer in the region of €20m (£17.1m) will be enough to persuade Gent to part with him, but there’s also a hint that Serie A giants AC Milan might be ‘calling’ as well.
West Ham’s squad does seem light at the top of the pitch, particularly with a European campaign on the horizon. They need quality cover and competition for sole centre-forward Michail Antonio, and Yaremchuk looks as if he’d provide just that given his impressive goalscoring exploits in Belgium.
A fee of £17.1m may be viewed as a little steep, but attacking depth is one of the key weaknesses in the squad which must be addressed, particularly given Antonio’s injury record. In order to mitigate that, it seems to be worth investing the aforementioned amount in the in-form Yaremchuk.
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