West Ham agreed on a £17.5 million deal with Dortmund for Andriy Yarmolenko who then underwent a medical at West Ham’s training camp in Switzerland earlier this week before signing a four-year contract.
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) July 11, 2018
The former Dortmund player has pledged to show supporters his best form following a difficult season in the Bundesliga. Much was demanded of the Ukrainian winger when he joined Dortmund from Dynamo Kyiv last summer, but he struggled to make much of an impact during his one and only season there as he netted 6 goals in 26 matches in all competitions.
Discussing why things didn’t go entirely as planned for him at the Signal Iduna Park, Yarmolenko revealed that an injury he suffered in February played a part. He scored just 3 goals in 18 appearances for the Bundesliga side after joining in August 2017. Now he has a fresh start as he becomes The Hammers‘ 5th signing of the summer transfer. The Ukraine international is savouring the prospect of testing himself in the Premier League and has described exactly what fans can expect from him next season.
Thank you, Andriy Yarmolenko 💛
— Borussia Dortmund (@BlackYellow) July 11, 2018
Yarmolenko said: “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.”
Andriy Yarmolenko has 35 goals in 77 caps for Ukraine and only the legendary Andriy Shevchenko has more scored more times for the country.
West Ham’s director of football, Mario Husillos, said the club did not delay when the possibility to sign Yarmolenko came about.
“He really is the kind of player that we were looking for. When we had the opportunity to sign him, we did not hesitate, because he really is the kind of player 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 added.
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) July 13, 2018
The Ukrainian is Manuel Pellegrini‘s 5th signing since taking over as West Ham manager. The Hammers have had a busy summer, already recruiting Jack Wilshere, Ryan Fredericks, Lukasz Fabianski and Issa Diop.