West Ham supporters have been more upbeat in the Transfer Tavern in recent times after seeing their side produce an improved performance to draw 1-1 with Leicester City on Friday night, although it wasn’t enough to move them out of the Premier League’s bottom three.
David Moyes began his reign as Hammers boss with a lacklustre 2-0 defeat away at Watford the weekend previous, and things threatened to get a whole lot worse for the former Everton and Manchester United chief as Marc Albrighton gave the Foxes an eighth minute lead at the London Stadium. However, the East London outfit hit back just before half time through Cheikhou Kouyate, and although the hosts looked for the crucial second after the break, they had to settle for a share of the spoils, and as such weren’t able to move out of the relegation zone.
Consequently, there have been many satisfied Hammers in the Tavern in recent days, although they are unlikely to be overly thrilled by a recent report from Ajansspor, which outlines some intriguing and potentially significant information regarding the future of winger Marko Arnautovic.
The 28-year-old only made the move to the London Stadium back in the summer for a club record £20 million, but has struggled to make a meaningful impact at the club with no goals and just two assists in 11 appearances in all competitions thus far.
And given that both of those assists came in the Carabao Cup back in September, things really haven’t gone well for the Austria international, and reports suggest that he could be on his way out of the East London outfit in January as his agent has been invited for talks with Turkish giants Fenerbahce.
And given his testing start to life at West Ham, it’s a move which could very take place in the New Year.
Landlord’s verdict: Marko Arnautovic’s arrival at West Ham was met by much anticipation from Hammers supporters, but the 28-year-old has so far failed to live up to expectations.
No goals and just two assists in 11 appearances is not what the Premier League side would have been hoping for after breaking their transfer record to bring him to the London Stadium, yet they could be about to recoup some of that money in January.
And that’s because Arnautovic’s agent will reportedly hold talks with Turkish giants Fenerbahce about the future of the Austria international in the near future, which is a potentially big development that could give West Ham something to think about in January.
In the position they are in, they could well take the money and seek to reinvest it in the rest of the squad, or hope that Arnautovic comes good in the second half of the campaign and thus shows the form that saw them splash out £20 million on him.
Only time will tell what avenue they go down.
West Ham fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!