Inter Milan are set to test West Ham United’s resolve by bidding £30m for striker Marko Arnautovic, according to The Sun.
Arnautovic signed a new contract in January amid flirtation with a move to China.
The Austria international put pen to paper after the club rejected two offers worth in excess of £40m, with the new deal including a release clause that stands at £45m.
The Sun claim, however, that the club could be tempted to do business with the Italian club, having paid £20m to secure the feisty frontman’s signature from Stoke City in 2017.
Arnautovic is said to be keen on a move to Italy too, having played for Inter on loan between 2009 and 2010.
Roma are also reported to be interested and West Ham could potentially reinvest the money in one of their own striker targets.
Football FanCast understands that Salomon Rondon, of West Brom, and Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic are both targets.
The club have already confirmed that Andy Carroll will leave the London Stadium once his contract expires, while Javier Hernandez and Lucas Perez are both deemed expendable.
This is West Ham’s final opportunity to cash in on Arnautovic.
New Inter boss Antonio Conte is said to be spearheading the club’s efforts to recruit a new forward – Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku and Roma’s Edin Dzeko are both targets – and a move for the Irons ace would see Manuel Pellegrini’s men pocket a fair chunk of change for a player who was in truly horrendous form throughout the second half of the 2018-19 season.
He went 11 games without scoring following the collapse of his move to the Far East and is a moody, volatile presence.
Cashing in this summer makes sense and it would allow the Hammers the chance to reinvest.
Football FanCast understands that manager Manuel Pellegrini has been told he has £30m to spend before player sales; ridding the club of Arnautovic would double that at a stroke.