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Dynamo Kyiv attacker Andriy Yarmolenko has confirmed to the Ukranian media that negotiations between Tottenham Hotspur and the player are ongoing.

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After a couple weeks of silence, the Tottenham Hotspur rumor mill seems to be kicking into gear. First, we had our German delegation negotiation for numerous Bundesliga-based targets, and now, Spur are going a bit further afield to possibly secure the signing of Ukrainian attacker Andriy Yarmolenko. Spurs were rumored to be heavily interested in Yarmolenko's Ukrainian  compatriot Yevhen Konoplyanka, but Kono opted to join Sevilla on a free.

This story has been heavily reported on twitter by @FutbolUkraine. Yarmolenko has now spoken with Ukrainian media and informed them that negotiations with Tottenham Hotpsur are ongoing. The English media has now picked up this story and are, surprisingly, reporting it practically correctly. One worrying thing, however, is that Harry Redknapp believes Yarmolenko is a great bargain and, at the rumored price of 15 million euros, Harry might be right.

Yarmolenko would be a great capture for Tottenham. The 25 year-old scored 19 goals and added 21 assists for Kyiv during a campaign that saw them finish runners up in the Europa League (Editor's Note: Apparently Dnipro and Dynamo are totally different teams) and won the Ukrainian Premier League. Yarmo is, obviously, an attacking right winger with an eye for goal. In the past, he has attracted interest from the likes of Chelsea, Roma, and AC Milan. In fact, this summer a move to Milan looked nailed on, but talks broke down for some reason.

Adding Yarmolenko would give Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino an additional goal-scoring and creative option from our wide position. This role should have been being filled by Erik Lamela, but the young Argentine has yet to fulfill his promise, and replacing him in the lineup with a bargain like Yarmolenko might not be the worst thing to ever happen. Of course, another option is that Yarmo slots in on the right as the wide forward and Spurs play Christian Eriksen as a wide creator on the left and Mousa Dembele as the number ten.

Regardless, Yarmolenko would provide Spurs with some added goal scoring punch. One concern, however, is that Yarmo is probably not best utilized as a central striker, so purchasing him, unlike someone such as Saido Berahino or Timo Werner, would still leave Spurs without a true backup to Harry Kane.