The Mirror claimed this morning that Marko Arnautovic was keen to return to West Ham on transfer deadline day, but his hopes were dashed after flights from China were grounded due to coronavirus.

Reliable Hammers insider ExWHUemployee has rubbished the claims as false, however.

The 30-year-old left West Ham for SIPG Shanghai in the summer of 2019 for a fee believed to be worth £22.4 million (BBC), having scored 22 goals in 65 appearances during a two-year spell in east London (Transfermarkt).

He earns £200,000 per week in China, according to the Mirror.

The Austrian was instrumental for West Ham during his time at the London Stadium, and on the most part, was a real inspiration for the rest of his team.

Shanghai SIPG v Buriram United - 2020 AFC Play Offs

Marko Arnautovic in action for Shanghai SIPG (Photo by Yifan Ding/Getty Images)

Arnautovic left on terrible terms, however, having handed in multiple transfer requests.

With that in mind, many Hammers fans would surely have been shocked to read the Mirror’s report his morning.


ExWHUemployee has claimed on Twitter that those claims were well wide of the mark, however, responding when asked by someone if the Arnie story was made up:

West Ham shouldn’t be going back in for a player who was so desperate to leave just seven months ago.

The Hammers should be signing young and hungry players who want to play for the club. And it seems as though that is exactly what they are doing.

Jarrod Bowen is ‘very close’ to joining West Ham, according to Sky Sports (Live Transfer Blog, 21:14).

And if the east London outfit do get a deal for Bowen over the line, it will be an excellent signing for the football club.

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