Back the Manager or Rebuke the Snake? West Ham Eying Arnautovic

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: Marko Arnautovic of West Ham United. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: Marko Arnautovic of West Ham United. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images) /

David Moyes has been eyeing a return to old ways with Marko Arnautovic back on his radar, but will the board support a West Ham reunion for the striker?

The story writes its self, doesn’t it? The Chinese Super League announces a huge wage cap on all players and the links start showing up everywhere. Most notable, however, between former hitman Marko Arnautovic and West Ham.

You don’t need a degree in journalism to see this story emerge as a click producer, but there was no evidence that this was even on the radar for the player or the club. West Ham are performing well, Arnautovic caused a problem when he left, why would anyone want to disrupt the current success with the presence of a bad apple?

Well, because the manager David Moyes has apparently expressed interest in this reunion. West Ham ITK ExWHUemployee has confirmed that there is interest in reuniting with Arnautovic as he fits the current system perfectly.

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It is true, Arnuatovic’s pressing and aggressive playstyle would be perfect as a striker or winger in Moyes’ 5-2-3 formation. His ability to interchange with other outfield players and incorporate midfielders like Tomas Soucek in the attack would accentuate the team Moyes has assembled.

Good news for the Arnautovic haters and bad news for the supporters, Ex did state that it seems unlikely and for good reason. The finances at the club are atrocious and this would be a relatively expensive move. The only way it could happen would be to sell Sebastien Haller to finance the move.

For this reason alone, I doubt we see the transfer happen. Arnautovic would suit West Ham better than Haller, and there would be extra profit from Haller’s sale to satiate the board’s need for pocketing team cash, but finding a suitor for Haller and restructuring an Arnautovic deal all in January seems very unlikely.

The question has to be asked, though. If Moyes told the board to go get Arnautovic back and sell Haller to do it, would they back the manager? Would supporters who have not forgiven Arnautovic for the way he left the club be okay with the manager who turned him into a striker getting his man back?

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It is an interesting question and one that will probably remain hypothetical from here on out. The wage cap in China is an interesting fold in this transfer saga, but there is no real reason to get excited or angry over the prospect of him joining on. No money in the coffers means nothing coming in this January.