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West Ham United sign Ukraine International Yarmolenko

PUBLISHED: 12:17 11 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:17 11 July 2018

Andriy Yarmolenko, Borussia Dortmund

Andriy Yarmolenko, Borussia Dortmund

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West Ham United have completed the signing of Ukraine international Andriy Yarmolenko ahead of the 2018/19 Premier League season.

The 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.”

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