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West Ham United have been one of the big players in the summer transfer market this year.

After appointing Manuel Pellegrini West Ham have backed the Chilean with nearly £100 million worth of signings.

It comes after two hugely disappointing seasons since making the big move from Upton Park to the London Stadium.

For once there is the rather unfamiliar feeling of optimism in the East London air and it has been quite intoxicating for the loyal and long-suffering Hammers faithful.

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But the Irons should not get too carried away by reigniting interest in Anthony Martial after his future was thrown into serious doubt.

The Hammers pushed to take the French striker on loan from Old Trafford 18 months ago but saw their interest knocked back, as reported at the time by the likes of ESPN.

 

Martial has been a peripheral figure under Jose Mourinho since, though, and his future looks bleak after the Manchester United boss publicly criticised the forward this week, as reported by Sky Sports.

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That might give West Ham and their fans cause for renewed optimism that they may be able to finally land Martial on loan and really make a statement of intent.

However that could be the biggest mistake the Hammers make this window given Mourinho’s reported interest in Arnautovic (The Express).

Moving for the 22-year-old would inevitably result in the Red Devils trying to bring West Ham’s star man Arnautovic in the other direction. When Manchester United come calling it is a big ask for a player not to be tempted.

And given what ‘Arnie’ gives to West Ham, not only his goals and assists but workrate and passion, Manchester United would undoubtedly be getting the better end of that deal.

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