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Arnautovic must be sold, West Ham need a 'statement' replacement
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Arnautovic must be sold, West Ham need a 'statement' replacement

Marko Arnautovic is up to his old tricks again.

According to a report from Sky Sports, the Austrian has handed in another transfer request. An unnamed club from China allegedly want to sign him.

And this time, the Hammers must get rid of the Austrian.

The 30-year-old was really poor for West Ham after he angled for a move away from the London Stadium in January.

Now’s the time for the Hammers to make a big statement. Send Arnie packing, and attempt to sign RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner.

That would certainly send out a statement of intent to the rest of the Premier League.

According to German media outlet BuliNews, Leipzig could sell the 23-year-old for €60 million (£53.8 million) this summer.

Timo Werner (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)

Good value?

Whilst that seems like a lot of money on the face of it, it would actually represent superb value for someone with Werner’s quality and potential.

If West Ham can move Arnautovic on for around £30 million, signing the 25-capped Germany international would be a no-brainer, if they can convince him into moving to the London Stadium.

Werner has the potential to go on and become a real superstar of the game.

Timo Werner in action (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)

He has racked up an impressive 61 goals and 27 assists in 114 appearances for Leipzig.

The German can play anywhere along the front-line, and he would undoubtedly take West Ham to another level.

Although Hammers fans might not want to admit it, a move to the London Stadium could be seen as a stepping stone for Werner, but even if that was the case, Manuel Pellegrini’s side would still benefit from having him at the club for a few years.

And £53.8 million could look like an absolute snip in a couple of years time.