Rio Ferdinand praised Marko Arnautovic to the hilt yesterday. And perhaps his words will be taken note of by West Ham boss David Moyes.

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The Hammers have been linked with a move to re-sign the enigmatic Austrian over there past few months (talkSPORT transfer expert Alex Crook, Tutto Mercato Web and ExWHUemployee).

David Moyes is clearly desperate to bolster his centre-forward ranks at the London Stadium this summer.

The West Ham fans are crying out for a marquee named arrival, however.

Once that signing has been secured *crosses fingers*, the addition of another front-man on a free transfer would make sense.

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Rio Ferdinand comments on Arnautovic should be noted by West Ham

The 32-year-old Austria international has looked in fine shape and fettle during this summer’s Euros.

Many Hammers fans are opposed at the idea of Arnie coming back to East London, however. Not just because of the acrimonious nature of his exit two years ago but also because he has been playing an inferior level of football for the past two seasons.

Ferdinand’s comments when speaking on BBC Match of the Day last night (June 26th, 19:50) should allay those fears, however:

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“He’s a maverick, isn’t he? We saw him at West Ham. He had good spells there. Consistency is probably one of the things that has let him down throughout his career. But there’s no doubting the ability he has. Once he can get a bit of space and some form then he can do things like this (his goal against North Macedonia for Austria’s Euro 2020 opener).”

Considering the quality of some of the players Ferdinand has shared a pitch with, his comments on Arnautovic should not be taken lightly.

Marko still has the talent needed to succeed. Having said that, there have been question marks about his fitness and desire.

His performances for Austria should have put them to bed, however. And Rio’s comments on the striker should help Moyes make his mind up on potentially bringing Arnie back to the London Stadium.

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