Marko Arnautovic departed for China in 2019 claiming that his reason for leaving West Ham was to win trophies, something he is yet to do, and former West Ham United midfielder Rob Lee has exclusively told Football FanCast that there is no way the Austrian would return to the London Stadium.
The striker left in some style as his agent, who is also his brother, did countless interviews and public pleas towards West Ham to accept an offer for the former Stoke City attacker, which they ultimately did as Chinese side Shanghai SIPG offered £22.5 million.
There have been reports suggesting that Arnautovic would love a return to West Ham this summer as he looks to leave China and show people he still has the ability to perform in the Premier League.
Despite managing to score 22 goals in 65 appearances for West Ham, Lee believes there is not a chance that the board would want to sign Arnautovic, and he told FFC exclusively:
“There’s no chance he’ll come back in my opinion, considering the way he left and the way that he wanted to leave – I can’t see West Ham fans accepting that.
“Why would West Ham fans accept him back? He made his decision to leave for the money. I think he had one good season but there’s no chance of that happening, in my opinion.”
West Ham are likely to be interested in signing a striker this summer as they currently only have Michail Antonio at the club who is a recognised striker after they sold Sebastien Haller in January.
The Hammers appeared to be on course for at least a Europa League qualification spot but after other teams began picking up form, they now may have to settle for a Europa Conference League spot.