By Adefunmiloye Alani

15th Jun, 2021 | 6:10pm

West Ham target Marko Arnautovic faces Euro 2020 ban if found guilty of racism

West Ham United manager David Moyes told Sky Sports he would be running the rule over Austria international Marko Arnautovic at Euro 2020.

The Hammers boss wants a striker this summer and while he is ‘trying to move forward and build towards a new team’, he claimed last month that he ‘would never rule Marko out’ [Sky Sports].

The former West Ham hitman hit the ground running at the tournament, bagging a goal in Austria’s 3-1 victory over North Macedonia on Sunday, but faces a ban from the rest of the tournament.

According to the Daily Mail, UEFA have opened an investigation into Arnautovic’s alleged racist outburst during his celebration, and that could spell an end to his participation if found guilty.

Old same Marko

Arnautovic’s volatile nature remains evident for everyone to see and Moyes recently admitted managing him was not easy at times [Sky Sports].

The West Ham boss would have been impressed with his performance at the weekend but his scouting mission could end abruptly.

UEFA introduced a 10-match ban for discrimination in 2013 and it is the minimum punishment its control, ethics and disciplinary body can issue for racist behaviour.

Arnautovic would miss Austria’s remaining Euro 2020 games if found guilty, and that would surely end Moyes’ interest in him.

West Ham probably won’t be keen to sign a player guilty of such gross misconduct, and one or two games are not enough to make a final decision on him too.

We need a new striker after failing to get a direct replacement for Sebastien Haller in January.

We do not think bringing back the controversial Arnautovic makes sense despite his quality, and he has now proven himself all over again.

West Ham do not need such a divisive figure and should look elsewhere for a striker.

In other West Ham news, Hammers have entered transfer talks for ‘Powerful’ exit-bound 24y/o from Euro giants.

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