In-the-know podcaster @ExWHUemployee has provided an update on West Ham United’s interest in bringing Marko Arnautovic back to the club.
During the summer of 2017, the Hammers recruited the Austrian striker from Stoke City for £20.07m (per Transfermarkt).
He then left the London Stadium two years later for £22.5m and joined Chinese club Shanghai SIPG, where he currently still is.
The 31-year-old attacker made no secret of wanting to move on from the Irons prior to leaving the club and he was allowed to do so to avoid him becoming a ‘disruptive influence’ (per BBC).
He said: “On Arnautovic, I broke this on the podcast a little while ago as well that Moyes really, really wants him back and the players really want him back. He’s a very popular person around the club.
“We could get him on loan for six months because he’s a foreign player and the rule is, you can have two domestic loans in the season at one time but there’s no limit to the foreign ones.
“The main stumbling block is going to be his wages – can we negotiate wages that are suitable for us? Whether we can afford them and come to an agreement, I don’t know.
“He wants to come back, definitely. It’s something that Moyes is keen to do as well, it’s whether the board want to sanction it, whether the fans will take it and whether we can agree the wages.”
TIF Thoughts on what @ExWHUemployee said about Marko Arnautovic…
Would you be open to Marko Arnautovic returning to West Ham?
No, I wouldn't want him
Yes, I'd like him back
In recent weeks, the Scottish manager told the Evening Standard that he may have to “find another Marko Arnautovic” for West Ham at some point.