Date: 3rd July 2019 at 10:13am
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OPINION

It has already been a busy summer at the London Stadium, with West Ham preparing for another month of potential twists and turns.

Manuel Pellegrini is still wanting to add to his squad, with a forward quickly becoming his top priority after the arrival of Villareal midfielder Pablo Fornals.

Things are never that simple though and the Hammers must now reportedly sell players to fund future moves in the transfer window.

One link that never seems to go away is a potential move for Celta Vigo forward Maxi Gomez, who will require an offer near his reported £43.5million clause – something that could become a lot easier in the next month.

Marko Arnautovic was reported by Sky Sports to have handed in another transfer request on Tuesday afternoon which sparked an immediate bid from an unnamed Chinese club which was rejected.

The Hammers are reported by the Guardian to be tempted by any offer close to a suggested £40million buy-out clause in his current deal, a fee that could be used to fund the move for Gomez.

Arnautovic would not be missed by Pellegrini should he be able to secure the 22-year-old who would offer a much-needed physical approach as a lone striker.

With players such as Fornals and Felipe Anderson set to start behind a striker, whoever leads the line will need to be more physical to bring the Hammers’ playmakers into the game more often.

Gomez offers much more than Arnautovic, having won 133 aerial duels last season compared to the Austrian who only managed to win 19. [Squawka]

The 13 goal forward also grabs more attention from opposition defenders, having drawn 50 fouls compared to Arnautovic who only managed to win nine free-kicks. [Squawka]

Arnautovic would be the perfect player for Pellegrini to sell, especially should he want to fund a move for Gomez, a move that would surely be appreciated by all Hammers’ fans.