West Ham United attacker Marko Arnautovic will once again pursue a move to China this summer, according to the Daily Star.
The newspaper claims that the Austrian, who was at the centre of a high profile transfer tug of war in January, will re-start his bid for a money-spinning adventure in the Far East come the end of the season.
The 29-year-old ultimately signed a contract extension with the Hammers after being denied his January move, but it’s expected that that won’t be enough to keep him at the London Stadium for much longer.
The Irons mainstay has made 25 appearances in all competitions for the team this campaign, scoring eight times and bagging three assists.
This will come as a surprise to no one given Arnautovic’s behaviour in January. It was abundantly clear that he wanted to take advantage of the riches on offer in China and that’s evidently still the case. He will turn 30 years of age later this month and his form has steadily declined since a stunning first half of the season. With that said, would it be the worst thing in the world for West Ham to lose him this summer? Absolutely not. He has become an anchor weighting the team down ever since his January exploits, meaning that his exit would be beneficial to both the team and the player. He wants the money over in China so he should go and get it, the Hammers will swiftly move on from him. He’s a talented player but, as he approaches the twilight of his career, he simply isn’t worth the trouble for West Ham. They should take what they can get for him this summer and invest the proceeds from his sale back into the first team squad.