Marko Arnautovic spotted facetiming with West Ham United ace Mark Noble
West Ham manager David Moyes has discussed potentially signing Marko Arnautovic this summer with Sky Sports.
The Austria international was in town on Wednesday for his country’s friendly against England and was seen chatting with Jesse Lingard and Declan Rice ahead of the clash.
Arnautovic also caught up with his old mate and Hammers skipper Mark Noble via FaceTime, with the Three Lions official YouTube account posting the clip (skip to 9:55).
A West Ham fan also took to Twitter to share the clip:
Why was this on the England YouTube video 😂 pic.twitter.com/dU6g7XWavZ
— ben (@whubxn) June 4, 2021
Is Arnautovic angling for a return?
Moyes wants a striker this summer, and should the Austrian impress at the European Championships, we would not be surprised if the boss pushed for a move.
Arnautovic himself has frequently hinted that he would love to return to West Ham despite leaving in acrimonious circumstances in the summer of 2019.
Arnautovic on Masuakus Instagram live 👀 pic.twitter.com/nnj7q4HUxG
— West Ham Transfers (@westhamtransfer) April 15, 2020
The 32-year-old earns more than £300,000 a week at Shanghai SIPG [Standard Sport], and whether he is keen to accept a huge pay-cut for a return to work out remains to be seen.
It does not appear that the Irons board are open to a potential return, though, with vice-chairman Karren Brady recently mocking him for failing to fulfil his ambitions after forcing an exit in preference of Chinese riches [The Sun].
Arnautovic has scored 16 goals and assisted four others in 29 Chinese Super League games, and it is a decent return.
A Champions League winner at Inter Milan, the former Stoke City star scored 21 goals and made 10 assists in 59 Premier League games for us, and could prove to be a short-term solution to our lack of depth in the striking department.
His experience could come in handy in the Europa League, but he has to convince Moyes and the board that he is still capable of delivering the goods by impressing them at the Euros.
In other West Ham news, Italian journo says the club has found a replacement for Hammers-bounce ace.