Hambardzumyan (L) against Ivan Mitrov; photo: FK Vardar

Hambardzumyan likely to leave Vardar

Hambardzumyan (L) against Ivan Mitrov; photo: FK VardarEven Premier League clubs are after the Armenian international, joined by teams from Belgium and Russia.

Vardar will have a tough summer to keep probably their best player on the squad. The 25-year-old right back played his second season for the Macedonian champions and won the domestic league title in both seasons. Meanwhile he started being regularly summoned to the Armenian national team and scored his debut goal earlier this months when Armenia smashed El Salvador in a friendly game played in the USA.

According to The Sun, West Bromwich Albion, Everton and champions Leicester have shown interest for Vardar’s right back. Previously, the two Belgian giants Club Brugge and Anderlecht were also making contacts for him as well as Spartak Moskva and Serbian side Partizan.

He has still 3 more years from his contract with Vardar, so anyone who wants him will have to pay for his departure. He is currently valued at €750.000. The Sun reports that the three Premier League sides have agreed to pay the needed price for his release from Macedonia. He would still need aproval for a UK work permit as last year the FA changed the rules making them more flexible, although with Armenia being ranked 110th at the newest FIFA ranking list complicates his chances.

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