Marko Arnautovic could be in line for a sensational return to West Ham United, according to reports…
Il Resto del Carlino claimed, via Sport Witness, that the Irons are ‘dreaming’ of bringing the Austrian back to the London Stadium this summer transfer window.
The 32-year-old left for Chinese Super League outfit Shanghai Port in 2019 in a £22.4m deal but is now expected to return to Europe, with Premier League rivals Crystal Palace and Serie A side Bolgona also potential suitors.
It’s believed that the Irons would be able to offer him €4m per year, which is around £70,000 weekly, and that would rank him among their highest earners, as per Spotrac.
Arnautovic was a fan favourite during his time in east London and was very much admired by David Moyes, who once dubbed him “unplayable,” so it’s no surprise that he may well be keen to re-sign him.
It is true that West Ham are in need of attacking reinforcements next season, but it’s hard to believe that the ageing 6 foot 4 forward is the answer anymore. He also tried to force through that mega-money move twice, and many of the Hammers faithful could still feel bitter in that regard.
The £9m-rated Austrian bagged 22 goals in 65 appearances in claret and blue and has continued his goalscoring form in China, where he has found the net 20 times in just 37 appearnaces, via Transfermarkt.
However, the quality of football on offer in that division is far from the standard of the Premier League, and it’s hard to imagine what sort of positive impact he would have in the English top flight after two years away.
The Hammers have been linked with plenty of other attacking targets, including Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham (12 goals) and Southampton’s Danny Ings (12 goals), both of whom are finding the net regularly in the Premier League and would be far more suitable options.
If Moyes were to opt for his old favourite, then he will be heading for a transfer disaster. He must steer clear of bringing Arnautovic back to the London Stadium and instead push to sign one of the other aforementioned targets.
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