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goose 2:05 Sun Jul 8
Andriy Yarmolenko Signed
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Hammers net prolific Ukraine forward Andriy Yarmolenko



West Ham United are delighted to confirm the signing of Ukraine international Andriy Yarmolenko.

The exciting, prolific and versatile forward has joined the Hammers from Borussia Dortmund on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

The talented Yarmolenko has enjoyed a hugely successful career with Dynamo Kyiv and the Ukrainian national team, scoring more than 175 goals and registering well over 100 assists, being voted Ukrainian Footballer of the Year on no fewer than four occasions.

He will now test himself in the Premier League for the first time.

“Of course, I am very happy to sign for West Ham United,” said the 28-year-old. "West Ham is a big club with good fans and I am happy to come to play in the Premier League.

"The Premier League is the best league in the world and I know that an interesting project is being built here at West Ham. The team wants to achieve high things and I am excited for this challenge."

Director of Football Mario Husillos believes the capture of Yarmolenko illustrates West Ham’s ambition to challenge the best.

“We are very happy to welcome Andriy. When we had the opportunity to sign him, we did not hesitate, because he really is the kind of player that we were looking for,” said Husillos.

“He is a left-footed player but can play on the right and is very quick, very good one-on-one against a defender. He gives the team a lot of attacking options and scores goals, is fast on the counter-attack and provides aerial threat with his height.

“He also has very good experience, of playing for big teams and fighting for titles. At Dortmund, he had some good matches but perhaps didn’t quite show his very best. However, I think Manuel Pellegrini is the perfect coach for Andriy and his style of play.

“I believe he is joining us in the perfect moment. He is 28, the prime age for football, and we have great expectation about what he can achieve with West Ham United."

Born to Ukrainian parents in Leningrad – now Saint Petersburg – in what was then the Soviet Union, Yarmolenko and his family moved home to the city of Chernihiv while he was still a child.

There, he played for local club Desna Chernihiv before signing for Dynamo Kyiv at the age of 17 in December 2006, starting a ten-year association with the Ukrainian giants.

Praised for his attacking prowess and compared to compatriot Andriy Shevchenko, Yarmolenko impressed for Dynamo’s second team before being promoted to the senior side in May 2008, when he was still just 18.

Playing regularly as either a centre forward or a winger, the teenager became a regular in the 2009/10 season and was an automatic starter for Dynamo side for the next eight seasons, winning three Ukrainian Premier League titles and two Ukrainian Cups.

Yarmolenko hit double figures in each of his final seven years with Dynamo, hitting 21 in 2013/14 and 19 in each of his last three seasons in the Ukrainian capital.

Unsurprisingly, the 6’3 attacker has also featured regularly for the national side, scoring a stunning 35 goals in 77 caps since netting twice his debut against Andorra in September 2009.

The forward started all three group-stage games as Ukraine hosted UEFA Euro 2012, including their controversial 1-0 defeat by England, before scoring in both Play-Off legs as they beat Slovenia to qualify for Euro 2016, where he again started all three group matches.

Only Shevchenko has scored more goals for Ukraine than the Hammers new boy.

Yarmolenko passed his medical with the Hammers in Switzerland this week and will rejoin the squad on Thursday after formalities are complete.

West Ham United would like to welcome Andriy and his family to the Club and wish him all the best for his career in Claret and Blue.

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Vexed 12:43 Sat May 18
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the exile 8:57 Fri May 17

Plays there for Ukraine you crispy old wanksock.

General Choi 11:32 Fri May 17
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Bloke is quality, hope Pelle' gives him a proper go next season.

Hammer and Pickle 11:26 Fri May 17
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----------Arnautovch--------Antonio-------------

Anderson-----Noble----Rice------Yarmolenko

Masuaku------Diop----Balbuena----Fredericks

--------------------Fabiański-------------------------

ATTACK!

Westham67 10:01 Fri May 17
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Almost forgot about him class when he performs

the exile 8:57 Fri May 17
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Blimey Vexed - Yarmolenko as a striker? I thought you had a meltdown every time anyone suggests playing someone out of position. The fuss you made on here about Rice playing in midfield was legendary.

Jasnik 8:33 Fri May 17
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Was he actually that good, if I remember he started off poor , started to get a run then got injured.

Russ of the BML 2:56 Fri May 17
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Razzle 10:55 Fri May 17

LOL

Vexed 12:02 Fri May 17
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So we only need two strikers do we? That's news to, well, the entire population.

Hope this doesn't make you sad again x

Block 11:55 Fri May 17
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It is clear, that Perez, Carroll, Pea will all leave and we will sign a new striker, only you cannot see this - not surprising.

Oh do I know? It's nice to see you pay so much attention to me sweetheart x

Vexed 11:53 Fri May 17
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Oh not so obvious now then? Off you trot then.

You can discuss whatever you like mate, I think it's a bit rich you flapping your cock around on here needlessly having a pop when you spend most of your day on here talking about feelings like some sort of cringey metro bellend. Wind it in Suzanne.

Block 11:48 Fri May 17
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I love the fact my discussing mental health issues has wound you up, it's refreshing.

Also, I wasn't talking about the exact squad, I was talking about your point of who was staying and leaving you stupid cunt.

Good god, you really are a lump of wood aren't you?

Vexed 11:45 Fri May 17
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Ok then if it's obvious why don't you tell us all how the squad will look in august?

Might give you a break from crying into your cornflakes.

Block 11:41 Fri May 17
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It's pretty obvious, if you have a brain.

Unfortunately, you struggle in this department you dribbling spastic.

Vexed 11:38 Fri May 17
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Block 10:45 Fri May 17

I don't think anyone knows what will happen yet, you shit job crybaby cunt.

goose 11:08 Fri May 17
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was an achilles injury right?? those can have lasting effects on players........... i'm thinkin Faubert.
hope he comes back the same player.

Kaiser Zoso 11:05 Fri May 17
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Whatever, that’s some cracking scenery

I can’t forget how he turned Everton over on their own patch. Let’s hope he can get back to that type of form

Razzle 10:55 Fri May 17
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"It'll be like having a new signing......" *less the 1st season's wages and input.

Sniper 10:53 Fri May 17
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It wasn’t just him adjusting to the prem - it was other players adjusting to him too. First we appearances, I was listening on the radio and the commentators kept raving about how good he is cutting inside but that clearly fredericks, Zabaleta etc hadn’t got the memo and they kept making runs inside to make space for him out wide and basically just got in his way.

Now Antonio is back to his best and Lanzini is fit it will be interesting to see how they all fit in. Having genuine options on the bench would be brilliant!!

Block 10:45 Fri May 17
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Vexed, I know you're a little slow but I'll help you a bit.

Arnie is going to stay, and we'll sign another striker in the summer.

You're welcome.

Sven Roeder 10:07 Fri May 17
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Hopefully he will come back and score a hat-trick against those utter cunts who mocked him as he was carried off with what was obviously a serious injury.
Ideally in our second win in their new stadium

Vexed 10:05 Fri May 17
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Forgot about him he's been out so long. I wonder if he'll get used up top next season as we'll be without Carroll, Pea and possibly Perez and Arnie?

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