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Arnautovic at the double, but his potential summer replacement shines

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Arnautovic at the double, but his potential summer replacement shines

West Ham United striker Marko Arnautovic was back amongst the goals on Saturday with a brace against Southampton at the London Stadium.

The Austria international had been goalless since February, but scored his ninth and tenth of the season against the Saints during a comfortable 3-0 win.

It has been an indifferent season for Arnautovic, who has struggled with various injury niggles.

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There was also some intense speculation in January about him possibly moving to China (The Daily Mail). He signed a contract extension amid those exit links, but the feeling is that he could well still be leaving this summer.

Manuel Pellegrini has been linked with a host of strikers who could possibly replace the maverick 30-year-old, one of those being Maxi Gomez of Celta Vigo (The Daily Mail).

The Uruguay international was on target for the Spanish side against Barcelona, helping his side to a 2-0 win.


TBR’s view

It was yet another great performance from Gomez, whose stock has soared this season.

He has now has 13 La Liga goals to his name and would be a coup for a big side.

West Ham have been heavily linked with a summer swoop for him, and his performance against Barca was further evidence that he can be Arnautovic’s like-for-like replacement.

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The former Stoke City turned on the style against Southampton and is a fine player on his day, but there is a lingering feeling that he won’t be a long-term option.

Gomez has played a huge part in Celta’s navigation away from relegation in recent weeks, and would be a fantastic asset for the Hammers.

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