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TalkSPORT presenter Andy Goldstein has claimed that West Ham United striker Marko Arnautovic would be a perfect signing for Tottenham Hotspur this summer.
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The Austria international is at the centre of a transfer tug-of-war this summer; Football FanCast understands that an unnamed Chinese club has tabled a bid worth €22m (£19.7m) for the forward.
Arnautovic asked the club to accept the bid but, at this stage, it has been rejected, and Goldstein believes that Spurs should swoop as they look to recruit back-up to first-choice forward Harry Kane.
He said: “You know who I think would fit perfectly into Tottenham, and I think you’d get him for under £20m? Arnautovic.”
Asked by Michael Gray, the former Sunderland defender, if he would play alongside Kane, Goldstein expanded on his idea.
He added: “Not as a two, you have Harry Kane, (Spurs should say) ‘Harry you play on the Wednesdays in the Champions League and in the big games at the weekend but after the Champions League you might have, I don’t know, Bournemouth away, for argument’s sake, Arnautovic, you start in that one.’
“I think he’d work perfectly at Tottenham.”
Arnautovic, FFC understands, is regarded as a troublemaker at West Ham.
He’s twice asked to leave the club, once in January and now this month, and he does not fit the profile that Spurs usually look for.
He’s already 30 and has little to no resale value, such is his advanced age.
Bringing him into Spurs, a club with a settled squad and a clear way of playing makes precious little sense.
Goldstein, basically, is talking rubbish.