West Ham boss David Moyes and Hammers board divided on Marko Arnautovic transfer

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West Ham boss David Moyes is said to be exploring the possibility of a shock deal to bring Marko Arnautovic back to West Ham. The Scot hinted he may delve into the January transfer market to bring in attacking reinforcements after the 3-0 defeat at Chelsea, where his side felt the absence of talisman Michail Antonio.

Antonio has already missed seven Premier League matches this season with injury and the Irons are lacking goals when the forward is not around.

Sebastien Haller has flattered to deceive since arriving from Eintracht Frankfurt and failed to register a shot on target at Stamford Bridge.

It was a performance that saw Moyes ponder whether his attacking options are good enough after the match: “I hope I get Micky [Antonio] back soon.

“If we don’t then we need to think what else we can do, how else we can do it. We need alternatives and options, we’re a little bit limited with that.

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“If not then I’m going to have to start looking in my own group to find another Marko Arnautovic or Micky Antonio. That’s what I’m going to have to try to do.”

During his two stints in charge in east London, Moyes has helped reinvent the likes of Arnautovic and Antonio as centre-forwards.

According to trusted West Ham source Ex-WHU employee, Moyes wants to bring the Austrian back to the London Stadium.

The Hammers decided to cut their losses with the controversial figure in the summer of 2019, when they sold Arnautovic to Shanghai SIPG for £22.4million.

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He was originally told to honour the contract he signed in January 2019 before pushing for the move.

Now Moyes would be open to a reunion with the bad boy striker because he believes that Arnautovic is the best player for his system.

That’s why Moyes cited him in Monday’s press conference after the 3-0 defeat to Chelsea.

Understandably, the board are not thought to be keen with David Gold and David Sullivan unlikely to sign off Arnautovic’s return.

Gold in particular, was desperate to keep Arnautovic before giving in to the 31-year-old, who demanded the move to the Far East.

West Ham felt badly let down by Arnautovic and the way he agitated for a move for over six months.

Arnautovic had claimed he signed the new Hammers deal to “put a stop” to speculation regarding his future.

The new deal also saw him become the club’s second-highest earner with wages of £120,000 a week.

In the end, Arnautovic got his way and it’s easy to see why the club’s hierarchy are against the idea of working with the player and his agent Danijel again.

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