One time West Ham United hero Marko Arnautovic is attempting to cancel his contract with Chinese club Shanghai Port according to football journalist Nicolo Schira.

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The Austrian is allegedly keen to return to European football.

The Hammers signed Arnautovic from Stoke City for around £20 million in the summer of 2017 (BBC).

The Austria international became somewhat of a cult hero at the London Stadium, especially after David Moyes converted him into a centre-forward during his first spell in charge of West Ham.

Marko Arnautovic (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Arnautovic turned from hero to villain in East London, however, after he left the Hammers acrimoniously in the summer of 2019 to link up with Shanghai for around £22.4 million (BBC).

Marko Arnautovic trying to cancel contract

That’s according to football journalist Nicolo Schira:

So should West Ham consider trying to re-sign Arnie?

Considering his past at West Ham, there would obviously be some fans who wouldn’t welcome him back with open arms.

 

He did hand in transfer requests on two separate occasions in order to chase mega bucks in China after all.

Marko Arnautovic (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

If the 32-year-old does manage to cancel his contract, however, he will be available on a free transfer.

Hammers boss David Moyes needs to sign at least two strikers this summer. The problem for him, however, is that he will most likely have a restricted transfer budget.

So the chance to sign Arnie on a free as well as bringing in a top class young striker may well be one that Moyes decides to take up.

He has impressed in China, with 20 goals in 36 games to his name (Transfermarkt).

At 32, Arnautovic probably has two or three years left at the very highest level. Bringing him back to West Ham wouldn’t be the worst idea in the world. And if he started producing the goods in East London again, those Hammers fans opposed to the idea of re-signing the Austrian will surely quickly forget about his past mistakes.

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