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Report: West Ham join Everton and Crystal Palace in chase for Arnautovic

West Ham have joined the likes of Everton, Crystal Palace, AC Milan and Internazionale in registering interest in Shanghai Port winger, Marko Arnautovic.

According to Il Resto del Carlino (via Sport Witness), the Chinese outfit are keen on letting the £22.4m arrival leave on a free contract in order to save on his £280k-p/w wages.

However, Bologna have reportedly opened talks with the player and his brother and agent over a prospective move, whilst the Hammers and the Eagles have both enquired over a potential move. Meanwhile, the Blues are thought to have held talks back in January over a potential transfer.

Arnautovic enjoyed a great time in East London, scoring 22 times across just 65 games before forcing through a move to the Chinese Super League outfit, where he received a significant bump up in his wages.

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TBR View: Arnautovic would add great depth but is he good enough?

After a promising season for the Hammer, one minute detail has come to the fore despite their fifth-place positioning in the Premier League table.

The lack of depth in attack proves to be pretty worrying with David Moyes’ side heavily reliant on Michail Antonio who is the only out-and-out striker at the club. Sebastien Haller was let go during the January window as the forward joined Ajax for a fee of £20.25m.

And with the Englishman possessing a less than desirable injury record, the club needs to add more depth at center-forward, especially if they qualify for the Champions League.

The Austrian forward enjoyed a solid spell with the East Londoners back in 2019 and a return to the club would be the ideal scenario. His experience in the Premier League and with the side would mean he potentially hits the ground running in the English top-flight.

But with the outfit challenging to play amongst the elite of European football, there is a fear the Austria international isn’t quite good enough of a signing for the Champions League, especially with his lack of experience in the competition

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