Marko Arnautovic has been linked with a return to West Ham United in the next transfer window.
The former fans’s favourite suggested that he wants to come back to West Ham over the weekend.
The Austrian responded to defender Arthur Masuaku during the West Ham left-back’s Instagram live feed.
Arnautovic burned bridges with West Ham fans after twice agitating for a big money move to China.
He eventually got it with West Ham having to settle for a paltry £22.5million for their star player.
So talk of his desire to return did not go down well with some Hammers fans.
Arnautovic pining for West Ham return?
It comes after The Daily Mail reported the striker wanted a sensational deadline day return to East London back in January.
That particular move was scuppered by the global health crisis outbreak in China as planes were grounded.
But now it could make perfect business sense and save West Ham millions.
Big transfer fees between clubs are spread over several installments across a set period of time.
Having completed the £22.5million deal with West Ham just nine months ago, Shanghai SIPG will more than likely still owe David Sullivan and David Gold a large chunk of the money.
There have been several reports and claims from a host of sources that West Ham face financial difficulty as a result of the pandemic and will not have much money for signings in the next window (ExWHUemployee, Football Insider, Football London and Claret & Hugh).
Hammers want striker but money is now a big issue
Fellow Hammers website Claret & Hugh recently claimed a top level inside source at West Ham had revealed they were focused on signing a strike partner for Sebastien Haller this summer.
Sky Sports has reported only three Premier League clubs will be able to afford to spend.
Former Tottenham and Liverpool transfer chief Damien Comolli says it will be a window of swaps and loans (Sky Sports).
Now Claret & Hugh is reporting that West Ham are trying to renegotiate with Eintracht Frankfurt over their own instalments for £45million record signing Haller.
So with little money to spend, a striker sorely needed and Arnautovic’s apparent desire to return, it might make perfect sense for all parties.
Arnautovic return could save West Ham millions
It could save West Ham millions. There would be no cash outlay with the club instead writing off a proportion of what remains outstanding from SIPG.
Supporters might not like the idea after many called Arnautovic a ‘snake’ for leaving. But the stark reality is West Ham will struggle to sign anyone, let alone a proven Premier League player of Arnautovic’s quality.
David Moyes was the manager who got the very best out of the Austrian.
And fans will remember the excitement they felt at the prospect of seeing Arnautovic and Haller up front together before he suddenly left for China at the second time of asking last summer.
Arnautovic was also a hugely popular figure in the West Ham dressing room. Both Mark Noble and Declan Rice said as much during his time in East London (whufc.com).
West Ham will have to get creative in the next window. And it will be a case of needs must. Watch this space.