West Ham United are facing a battle to keep hold of star striker Marko Arnautovic. The London Evening Standard is reporting that West Ham are determined to keep the Austrian striker. The report suggests that Chinese champions Shanghai SIPG are keen on signing the striker with a potential £45 million bid around the corner.
West Ham will obviously want to keep the player. However, the very real possibility is that he might leave the club.
So who should replace him?
One option they will surely consider is Moussa Marega.
The Porto striker was linked with a move to West Ham throughout the summer. L’Equipe suggested the Hammers had a £26 million bid for the player rejected. The Mirror claimed that Porto would not accept less than the £36 million release clause for the player. He later signed a new deal at the club.
Sapo Desporto, a Portuguese publication, later went on to suggest that Marega was disappointed at missing out on a move to West Ham.
However, the Hammers had spent plenty already in the summer and could not stretch to such demands.
Marega has continued his good form at Porto, with 15 goals in 26 games including five in six in the Champions League. With the windfall from any Arnautovic deal, West Ham could certainly afford Marega. This is a summer transfer plan they should certainly consider rekindling.