Marko Arnautovic’s potential return to West Ham United is off.
That’s according to a new report from Italy which claims he has all but signed for Bologna.
West Ham boss David Moyes recently admitted he could look to bring Arnautovic back to West Ham this summer.
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In truth Arnautovic has been heavily linked with a return to West Ham in every window since his departure.
The Austrian was a revelation when Moyes converted him to a striker in his first spell at West Ham.
But he left the Hammers on a sour note, demanding a big money move to China just months after signing a bumper new deal in east London.
At 32, Arnautovic’s potential return to West Ham has divided fans.
It’s official, Arnautovic return OFF as report claims Bologna move all but sealed
But it seems any plans Moyes may have had to bring the striker back look dead in the water.
That’s after reports from Gianluca Di Marzio, La Gazzetta dello Sport and Football Italia claimed a deal to take him from Shanghai to Bologna is on the verge of being completed.
“Marko Arnautovic is on the verge of joining Bologna, having agreed personal terms with the Rossoblù,” Football Italia reports.
“According to Gianluca Di Marzio and La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Serie A side have reached an agreement with the former Inter and West Ham striker, currently under contract with Chinese side Shanghai.
Missing out on ‘free agent’ Arnautovic will come as a relief to some Hammers fans
“The Rossoblu expect Arnautovic to free himself from his club and move to the Stadio Dall’Ara as a free agent.”
The news will come as a relief to many West Ham fans. A large number did not want to see Arnautovic back at the club.
Although the former Hammer looks lean and mean and scored in Austria’s 3-1 win over North Macedonia at the weekend, he is now banned for the next game after abusing two opponents in a vile rant.