Everton are monitoring West Ham United striker Marko Arnautovic, as the Merseyside club see the 29-year-old as the answer to their striker dilemma, according to his brother in an interview with Gianluca Di Marzio.
The Austrian’s brother is also his representative and recently revealed to Di Marzio he believes the striker is chasing the next level and feels it is time he took the step up after showing he can lead the line in east London.
In his debut season with the Irons, the 6ft 4in striker fired home 11 times in 31 Premier League games and followed suit this year as he took on a key role under Manuel Pellegrini resulting with a hit rate of one in every other game.
The recent interview saw the 75-cap international’s agent quoted as saying: “He’s ready for a new step, we believe that it is the moment in which [his] career should take a step forward, try to win some trophy, maybe the Champions [League].”
When pushed for what clubs are chasing the former Stoke winger, Danijel Arnautovic revealed: “Chelsea and Everton for example, but not only [them].”
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For West Ham to allow Arnautovic to leave, any side would likely have to shell out a figure skywards of £50million. That was at least the sum bounded around by Sky Sports in the summer when Manchester United were rumoured to be on the hunt for the 29-year-old, valued by TransferMarkt at £22.5million.
Marco Silva has already convinced the Toffees’ board to sign off on one large purchase this season, when Richarlison was lured from Watford for £35million.
The 21-year-old, though, has not shown any signs of carrying the fee as a monkey on his back as he has led the line for his Portuguese manager, netting the club’s most number of goals so far with six.
Richarlison was brought into the centre despite being signed as a winger after the club failed to address the evident issue of a lack of a prolific striker – Arnautovic would be the answer to that problem as he showed when he destroyed Kurt Zouma with a goal and an assist in his side’s 3-1 win at Goodison Park in September.