Marko Arnautovic was keen on a sensational return to West Ham, according to the Mirror, and David Moyes wanted him back at the London Stadium, but the move was scuppered because of planes being grounded due to the coronavirus.
The Austrian spent a successful two years with the Hammers, although he left on very bad terms, after repeatedly handing in transfer requests.
Arnautovic racked up 22 goals and 12 assists in 65 outings for West Ham (Transfermarkt).
In his final season with the Hammers, the 30-year-old scored 10 goals in 28 Premier League games and chipped in with four assists. He had an impressive shooting accuracy of 52% and created six ‘big chances’ (premierleague.com).
And how West Ham could do with him now. Arnie led the line with aplomb for the east London outfit during his time at the club, and he was often an inspiration for them.
The Mirror claims that West Ham wanted him back, and Arnautovic himself was keen on the move, but it was scuppered due to flights being grounded out of China because of the coronavirus.
And some Hammers fans took to Twitter in reaction to the speculation…
How come West Ham is turning into the wwe?? All these surprise favourites coming back. This place is a soap opera
— Brutus-Hacksimus (@BrutusHacksimus) January 30, 2020
That story has us written all over it, only we could get this problem 🙄
— Mark Ross (@markross1968) January 30, 2020
A bit dangerous too bring anyone in from China whilst the present crisis is going on…sorry Marko you made your bed so now sleep in it
— stephen field (@stephenfield515) January 31, 2020
I could believe that one! Moyes made him into a striker China league all postponed so he would of come back just to pass the time Sullivan would of loved it because it would of been a loan no doubt 😂
— Rob ⚒ (@robson261009) January 30, 2020
Seems strange that he can’t get over to England but Carrasco looks likely to be back with Atletico Madrid
— Danny Rycroft (@Danny_Rycroft) January 30, 2020
@Gavin70131035 – can’t make it up, Shirley ?? 🤷🏻♂️🤦🏻♂️😂
— Kris Farrant (@Farrantino11) January 30, 2020
Get outa here!
— Paul Haden #FBPE #PeoplesVote (@Paul_Haden) January 30, 2020
On a desperate attempt……what’s next put him on a slow boat from China
Club because of its owners have now become a complete laughing stock #GSBOUT
— Colin Archer⚒️🏴 (@Antiguamann) January 30, 2020
Don’t want him any where near us.
— THE MK HAMMER (@PStentiford) January 31, 2020
— Jurac⚒ (@54fc875286444f7) January 31, 2020