Just a couple of days after West Ham United fans called for the club to bring back Marko Arnautovic is there a chance he could end up at Everton?
West Ham sold Arnautovic to Shanghai SIPG for £22.4 million in the summer (BBC Sport).
The Hammers brought in Sebastien Haller in place of the Austrian for around £45 million.
Many Hammers fans want Arnautovic back
But the Frenchman has been a flop so far with just four goals from 17 games, two of those coming in the same match.
Most West Ham fans were glad to see the back of Arnautovic when he was sold after he twice demanded a big money move to China.
Many Hammers supporters have spoken out on the likes of Twitter insisting Manuel Pellegrini would be better off with Arnautovic over Haller.
Arnie or Haller?
— West Ham Central (@WestHam_Central) December 4, 2019
The Chinese Super League season came to an end last weekend with Shanghai finishing third.
Speculation is now bound to be rife that Arnautovic could return to the Premier League. Particularly as so many players and managers fail to see out their contracts in China for lifestyle reasons.
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But if Arnautovic does decide to return to England, might he end up at Everton?
That’s because the Toffees are reportedly pushing hard to secure Shanghai manager Vitor Pereira as his fellow Portuguese Marco Silva’s replacement (Sky Sports).
Everton sacked Silva on Thursday. And according to Sky Sports Pereira is willing to consider their offer.
The 51-year-old is currently one of highest paid coaches in the world and was recently offered the job of managing the Chinese national team.
Pereira made Arnautovic his top target in the summer and eventually got his man.
Ifs, buts but just maybe…
Like West Ham, Everton are woefully short up front and it could be that Pereira’s first port of call is Arnautovic if he does take up the Goodison Park hotseat.
After all the Austrian knows the league inside out and can hit the ground running in January.
At West Ham Pellegrini’s own future is very much in doubt.
How he could do with Arnautovic right now up front instead of – or alongside – Haller.
It is four weeks until the window opens, by which time both Everton and West Ham could have new managers in place.