West Ham United are highly unlikely to be able to bring Marko Arnautovic back to the London Stadium on loan during the January transfer window, according to a report from the Guardian.
Arnautovic left the Hammers in the 2019 summer transfer window. As reported by BBC Sport, he cost Shanghai SIPG £22.4 million.
His move came after a turbulent spell with the Irons. He made a dreadful start to life with West Ham. But shortly after David Moyes’s first appointment, Arnautovic started to become the club’s talisman.
He would leave having scored 21 Premier League goals in 59 games for the club. And it appears that the Hammers have considered giving the Austrian the chance to add to that tally.
According to the Guardian, West Ham thought about making a bid to take the 31-year-old on loan. However, it appears that those fans hoping to see the forward return may be set for disappointment.
The report claims that his £300,000-a-week wages make a move highly unlikely.
Of course, West Ham would have been well aware of what his wage situation was when initially considering a bid.
So it will be interesting to see whether the club believe there is any possibility that they can reach an agreement of some kind.
The Irons are under little pressure to bolster their squad in this window. They certainly do not need to break the bank on any targets.
But if they feel that Arnautovic could contribute during the second-half of the season, it is surely worth asking the question in case Shanghai leave the door open to a good deal.