Marko Arnautovic might leave West Ham’s striker department in trouble. The troublemaking Austrian is once again angling for a move to China (BBC Sport).
This was a predictable transfer saga given his antics in January. And West Ham’s board should have foreseen this situation and acted upon it.
If Arnautovic does leave, West Ham will desperately need a new striker. Lucas Perez and Andy Carroll have both departed this summer and Javier Hernandez could leave too.
This leaves Jordan Hugill, who scored seven goals on loan at Middlesbrough last season. In fact, the Hammers could be looking for an entirely new-look striker department.
West Ham miss out on Wesley Moraes
With Arnautovic’s exit looking increasingly unlikely, the West Ham board might live to regret their decision to ignore the chance to move for Wesley Moraes.
According to The Chronicle, West Ham and Newcastle were keen to sign speedy and powerful striker Wesley from Club Brugge. But both teams missed out.
Aston Villa have unveiled the 6ft 3in Brazilian as their club-record signing. After scoring 14 goals for the Belgian side last season, he is ready to test himself in the Premier League.
Wesley has all the physical attributes to succeed in the Premier League. And Aston Villa fans feel that he can be their new Christian Benteke at Villa Park. But the West Ham board decided against signing Wesley, according to reliable insider EXWHUEmployee.
With Arnautovic now playing up and the Maxi Gomez deal hanging in the balance, this could be a missed opportunity for West Ham.