Manchester United will not make a move for West Ham United talisman Marko Arnautovic in January in what will be a hugely positive update for the Hammers, according to the Telegraph.
The newspaper claims that while Jose Mourinho’s side have expressed an interest in the attacker, they will not be making an official bid in the winter transfer window.
Instead, United will continue to monitor the Austrian international over the remainder of the season, before deciding whether to make a move for him or not in the summer.
The 29-year-old has shone for the Hammers over the last year or so, but his relatively advanced age may scupper any big money switch away from the London Stadium.
This is tremendous news for West Ham. Arnautovic is, without a doubt, the finest player at the club and so it is imperative that the team holds on to him. Obviously United could still make a move for the player at the end of the season, but Arnautovic’s age may mean that won’t be a possibility. The Austrian will be 30 years of age come the end of the campaign and Mourinho would surely be loathe to offer a vast sum for a player in his thirties. It seems as if the stars are aligning for the Hammers to keep their mercurial attacker, something which will be a huge boost to the side moving forward. It’s unknown why United have decided merely to monitor the player rather than make an actual move for him in January, but the West Ham fans won’t care about the reasons why, they’ll just be happy that their star man looks set to stay in East London for the time being.