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Shandong Luneng show interest in Yarmolenko

Andriy Yarmolenko, Shandong Luneng
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Shandong Luneng are lining up a move for the versatile West Ham United forward Andriy Yarmolenko, reports in England say.

Yarmolenko could follow in the footsteps of his former teammate Marko Arnautovic, who swapped London for the Chinese Super League last summer.

While Arnautovic teamed up with Shanghai SIPG, the Ukrainian star could join the likes of Marouane Fellaini and Graziano Pelle at Shandong.

According to Sky Sports, Taishan Dui are looking to lure the 30-year-old forward to Asia before the deadline passes.

West Ham are operating on a tight budget this summer. Due to a lack of funds, the Hammers are inclined to accept bids for some of their stars.

Yarmolenko is one of the players placed on the market after enduring an injury-riddled season. A nasty muscle injury and form issues limited the left-footed forward to just ten starts in the Premier League last season.

David Moyes has put him up for sale as a result. With a very few European sides showing transfer interest in Yarmolenko so far, a switch to China is well on the cards.

His departure would help West Ham generate funds to finance their transfer plans. The signing of Burnley’s James Tarkowski remains the club’s priority.

Talks between the parties are well underway. But, limited resources mean the Irons need to sell first before bringing in new faces.