Arnautovic has just finished a strong season at Stoke City in the 2016/17 campaign. The 28-year-old scored seven goals whilst also registering five assists, a decent return considering Stoke City’s inconsistency in the Premier League. The Austrian would be a great addition to any team with European aims – he can be unplayable on his day due to his height and strength whilst also possessing enviable pace too.
West Ham have seen their odds drop dramatically on signing Arnautovic, due to two WHU bids – the latest of which amounted to £22m. They are desperate to add firepower to the starting XI this summer having already been knocked back in efforts to buy Giroud and Iheanacho.Embed from Getty Images
Arnautovic would be a fantastic addition as he can play anywhere across the top of the pitch. Especially if he is able to stay fit all season unlike West Ham’s current crop of attackers – though they will certainly face competition to get his signature.
A major boost has come the Hammers way after news that Arnautovic has handed a transfer request in at Stoke and reportedly wants to move south to the London Stadium. Even though West Ham’s bid of £17million plus add-ons has been rejected, it seems as though the clubs aren’t to far away on valuations of the player and a deal could be done in the next week.
One team that could be looking to beat West Ham to Arnautovic will be Everton, currently spending left, right and centre. Having already spent over £80 million on Klaassen, Keane, Ramirez, Onyekuru, and Pickford, Rooney plus the expected arrival of £50m rated Sigurdsson from Swansea too. Their attention could turn to the Austrian to complete their new attacking line-up.
Both of these teams could be seen as a step up from Stoke City, as they both have European aspirations. A move to the London Stadium with West Ham could be most beneficial for the player as he will be playing week in week out especially with Valencia, Tore, Calleri all leaving the club this summer, whereas at Everton he will have a lot of competition to get into the starting XI. Arnautovic would be an attacking asset to any Premier League team, though will the Austrian be plying his trade in the capital next season? Only time will tell.
Written by Henry Tomlinson.