In Focus: West Ham will struggle to find a buyer for an unwanted Arnautovic

According to reports in The Mirror, West Ham United manager David Moyes could decide to sell club-record signing Marko Arnautovic in January just four months after he joined the Irons.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Mirror says that Moyes has been given the green light to bin any under-performing Hammers players, and Arnautovic is one of those in danger of being sold after failing to impress the club’s hierarchy or the fans following his initial £20m move from Stoke City in July.

The Mirror says that Moyes can make whatever changes he wants to when the window reopens in the New Year, and he may feel that he could boost his transfer budget if he can sell the Austria international and recoup most of the money they paid for the 28-year-old.

With the report adding that the likes of Bournemouth’s Harry Arter, Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho and Sunderland’s Lamine Kone in his sights, the newly-appointed West Ham boss may decide to dispose of Arnautovic.

How has Arnautovic done this season?

His time at the London Stadium has been a bit of a disaster so far, to be honest.

The 28-year-old was sent off in just his second Premier League appearance for the east London outfit after elbowing Southampton defender Jack Stephens, and he has struggled to get a spot back in the starting XI ever since.

His commitment and effort has already been questioned by the fans, and it is no surprise that his future could already be in doubt.

Would West Ham really cash in already?

They probably would, yes.

It is already clear that this is a transfer that may not work out for all of the parties involved, and it would be more sensible to sell him in January rather than persist with something that isn’t going to work.

Considering they are in a relegation battle, Moyes will want players that are going to give 100 per cent and battle for the team, and you just don’t get the feeling that Arnautovic is that sort of player or can be trusted unless he has the right motivation.

He was always something of a luxury player with Stoke and that is certainly something the Irons can’t afford to have in the starting XI right now.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, while it might be surprising news the West Ham fans and board probably won’t shed too many tears if they can sell Arnautovic in January, but finding a buyer that is willing to meet their valuation will be their toughest task.