West Ham United supporters need to hope Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku can come good at Old Trafford – before Jose Mourinho comes calling for talisman Marko Arnautovic.
According to The Guardian, United have expressed an interest in the Austrian forward, but won’t move for him in January.
Apparently Red Devils officials will keep a close eye on him until the end of the season.
Arnautovic is the Hammers’ best player and has been a revelation since transitioning into a central striking shortly after his £25 million move from Stoke City in the summer of 2017 (BBC Sport).
He’s made 47 appearances for the club so far and scored 16 goals, and has five in the Premier League this term.
Although not an outstanding record, he brings much more to the table than just goals.
Lukaku struggles could accelerate Arnautovic pursuit
West Ham fans will seriously hope that United striker Lukaku can turn things around at Old Trafford, because his shocking fall from grace could see this loose Arnautovic interest turn serious.
Lukaku may have scored four Premier League goals this term but his general level has been alarming.
He appears to have lost his blistering pace, and his first touch continually lets him down.
The ex-Everton striker appears lost up front at times and has struggled to trouble defenders in the same way he did last season.
Meanwhile Arnautovic continues to have a big impact on games for the Irons.
The former Werder Bremen forward has been a menace and never gives defenders a moment’s peace.
At 29, he is the ‘perfect’ age for Mourinho. What’s more, Arnautovic briefly worked with the Portuguese at Inter in the 2009/2010 season.
If Lukaku does not improve drastically, United may have no choice but to get serious over the Hammers star.