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Andriy Yarmolenko Signed

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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Alan 2:47 Mon Jul 16
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Why West Ham should be excited by Andriy Yarmolenko signing

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini expects £17.5m signing Andriy Yarmolenko to be well suited to the Premier League, but what exactly will he bring to the London Stadium? Ukranian football expert Russ Taylor takes a look...

Yarmolenko is a player who will get fans off their seats. Having closely watched nearly two decades of Ukrainian football, I can tell you that he is a player who can deliver and who can deal with the weight of expectation.

Ever since breaking into the Dynamo Kiev first team around 10 years ago, Yarmolenko has been billed as the "next Sheva" and "the future of Ukrainian football". Since his debut - in which he scored the winner - he's dealt with the pressure effortlessly in being prolific for both club and, most notably, country.

For many years Dynamo and in particular the Ukrainian national team were reliant on a talisman. Previously it was another Andriy - Andriy Shevchenko - who would be given the ball under the pretence "give it to Sheva and hope something happens…"

Yarmolenko inherited this perhaps unwanted mantra but has delivered with a goal average of almost one every other game - not bad for a player who isn't a striker. He's also a shoe-in for the yearly Ukrainian Footballer of the Year award which he has made his own in the last few years after bagging 99 goals for Dynamo and regularly finding the net in their Champions League and Europa League adventures.

He's happiest out on the right wing, usually as part of a 4-2-3-1 formation and, like Arjen Robben made a career out of, Yarmolenko is always a looking to cut in onto his favoured left foot and shoot - as Tottenham fans might remember from their Champions League game with Borussia Dortmund earlier this season. That goal was the clearest example of what the Ukrainian likes to do best; find space in the channel, commit defenders and score spectacular goals.

But Yarmolenko is no one-trick pony - he's also a creator for others too. He commits defenders and draws fouls, forcing them to double-up or drop off him. He matches pace with power too and at 6ft 3in can certainly handle himself so the physicality of the Premier League won't hold any fears for him.

He's been on the radar of plenty of Premier League managers for some years but opted to join Borussia Dortmund last season after probably staying a season too long at Dynamo. Those sceptics who see a return of three goals in 18 appearances for the Bundesliga side might see this as Yarmolenko following a list of other Ukrainian exports who could not quite carry their talent abroad.

But there are mitigating factors. Dortmund went through unsettling managerial upheaval and then Yarmolenko picked up an Achilles injury nearing the midway point of the season followed by another foot injury. His career in the Ruhr did not start spectacularly but nor was he ever afforded the opportunity to rectify it as he only made two substitute appearances from January. It's true that some Dortmund fans will be happy to see the Ukrainian move on. Sometimes a move simply doesn't work out and the Yarmolenko of last season didn't tally with the same player who wears the national team shirt.

One positive from the Dortmund move is that his English lessons have already started in earnest thanks to a dressing room where English was widely spoken. And any fears of nagging injuries seem to have been alleviated by West Ham giving him a four-year contract. He's back in the goals too with a brace in a recent friendly win for Ukraine against Albania.

He's hungry and determined to make a success of this move, especially after his spell at Dortmund. And I think it's a great bit of business by West Ham.

All football fans want a player that has them holding them breath when they get the ball, thinking something special might be about to happen.

Yarmolenko is exactly that player.

Coffee 12:40 Sun Jul 15
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Reason 3

Texas Iron 4:06 Sat Jul 14
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Apparently got good words about us from Rebrov...

ludo21 4:01 Sat Jul 14
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Starts against Wycombe today

Son of Sam 10:02 Sat Jul 14
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Not wanting to rain on the parade but .....

According to Sky Germany’s Max Bielefeld, Dortmund made the decision to sell the Ukrainian winger because it was a chance to recoup the exact sum they paid for him.

Yarmolenko started last season on fire after replacing Ousmane Dembele – Barcelona’s replacement for Neymar – at Dortmund.
“Obviously it was a huge gap to leave at Dortmund and they needed a new Dembele.

“At first he played well, he scored goals, he made decisive passes and Dortmund were quite happy but then from December onwards, the beginning of winter, he wasn’t playing that well anymore.

“He injured his foot and ended being out for a couple of weeks and never really played again at the end of the season.

“The fans liked him at first, I can assure you they are not so sad that Yarmolenko is leaving given the fact they received the same amount of money on him that they spent a year ago.

But his form tailed off with Yarmolenko falling down the pecking order at the club.

West Ham lodged a £17.5million bid for the wideman which was accepted and Yarmolenko completed his move to the London Stadium this week.

Bielefeld explained: “He had quite a good beginning of last season. He came from the Ukraine because Dortmund sold Ousmane Dembele to Barcelona.

They have players like Marco Reus, Christian Pulisic, Andre Schurrle - they don’t necessarily need Andriy Yarmolenko.”

Yarmolenko is West Ham’s fifth signing of the summer but co-chairman David Sullivan this week vowed that more would follow.

Lazio midfielder Felipe Anderson is closing in on a move to the London Stadium while interest remains in Newcastle centre-back Jamaal Lascelles.

Lily Hammer 10:45 Fri Jul 13
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The Grim Rieper

That has serious potential. The young’uns will need to YouTube it to get the melody, but it certainly has legs.

The Grim Rieper 7:09 Thu Jul 12
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Yah mo be there (up and over)
Yah mo be there (up and over)
Yah mo be there (up and over)
Yah mo be there (up and over)
Whenever you call

ironsofcanada 11:06 Thu Jul 12
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LeroysBoots 10:48 Thu Jul 12

I saw a Fantasy Premier League article on him with a semi-trolling headline.

Yarmolenko can fill Arnautovic's midfield role


Just means Arnautovic is now considered a forward, apparently.

LeroysBoots 10:48 Thu Jul 12
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Definitely going to be in my FF team !!!!

LeroysBoots 10:47 Thu Jul 12
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Ukrainian Premier League Footballer of the Year (2) : 2011, 2014

Ukrainian Footballer of the Year (4): 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017

Ukrainian Premier League Best Player (3): 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17

Ukrainian Premier League Top Scorer: 2016–17

Ukrainian Cup Top Scorer (3): 2008–09, 2015–16, 2016–17

UEFA Europa League Most Assists: 2014–15

ironsofcanada 10:02 Thu Jul 12
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Norflundon 1:10 Thu Jul 12

I don't think our transfer focus or how we set up on Sunday or Pellegrini's history indicate that we will be playing three in more withdrawn midfield roles.

Maybe he will have to change, when faced with decent opposition but I don't think that is the plan at this point.

Rossal 8:54 Thu Jul 12
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collyrob 5:55 Wed Jul 11

Not arguing at all fella, just having a discussion about where we see him playing thats all......sharing opinions.....trading thoughts. Trev dangling his rod cos his bored.....usual day on WHO

Ice 9 1:47 Thu Jul 12
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Yarmalenko is a quality player and a top signing. However, he isn't quick.

Norflundon 1:10 Thu Jul 12
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Stepney if we play the way I suspect we will with a possession based game I have no qualms about having those three in there
I actually think Rice will kick right on if last season is anything to go by although I do believe he’s a better centre half and will end up making that his role in the team
Just glad he’s looking to get rid of Obiang and Kouyate shame about Antonio though I think he could still have a role to play if you can get him fit as it could take the two new wide boys a while to settle in

Athletico Easthamico 12:52 Thu Jul 12
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Good to see Nobes playing with better players this season.

stepney hammer 12:51 Thu Jul 12
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Norflundon 12:41 Thu Jul 12

Agreed and I think it would solve a few problems. One is that we've regularly been overrun in midfield with only two previously and secondly Noble, Rice and Wilshere are all very comfortable on the ball and are able to pick out a pass. I don't see any of them conceding possession cheaply very often.

I wouldn't say the same about Kouyate and Obiang.

Norflundon 12:47 Thu Jul 12
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Athletico with the three donkeys they had playing there probably actually could of done with midfielder like Noble

Athletico Easthamico 12:43 Thu Jul 12
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England needed a leader like Noble in the middle of the pitch tonight.

Norflundon 12:41 Thu Jul 12
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I’d have no concerns as I think your right withWilshere in there would probably be more of a 433 but both are good on the ball both are very intelligent players both string in the tackle and Rice has the legs to off set Nobles lack of pace. Also don’t underestimate the importance of having leaders in the team and I don’t see a natural leader without Noble in the side, plus he always steps up a couple gears when he has good players around him.

stepney hammer 12:29 Thu Jul 12
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Sydney_Iron 12:17 Thu Jul 12

I know I was taking the piss. We'd do well to get fuck all for Hugill.

Hopefully the combined fees of Antonio, Kouyate, Snodgrass, Byram along with the already departed Burke will suffice. We also made a net profit last season, and raised quite a bit in the winter window without reinvesting so that should be carried over as well.

For me we certainly should not be selling Arnie. That would undo all the good work of the window so far if we did and show that fuck all had changed.

Takashi Miike 12:29 Thu Jul 12
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fuck England, i can't wait to see this fella destroying defenders/goalkeepers

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