The West Ham board have come under increased scrutiny from supporters in recent months – and rightly so.
However, co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold have put themselves onto the road to redemption this summer after backing manager Manuel Pellegrini with a host of new signings.
The likes of Felipe Anderson, Andriy Yarmolenko and Jack Wilshere have all been brought in to bolster the squad and add that extra bit of quality.
Sullivan and Gold, though, could be about to undo all of their hard work.
According to Italian publication Leggo (via CalcioMercato), Marko Arnautovic has expressed a desire to join AS Roma with West Ham prepared to listen to offers.
At this moment of time, the Serie A side are said to not be interested in signing Arnautovic, but if that stance changes it will come as a huge blow to West Ham fans.
The Hammers have made a numerous amount of poor signings in recent transfer windows; however, £22.5m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Arnautovic has been one of few to come good.
After a slow start to life in east London, Arnautovic came alive when Slaven Bilic’s successor David Moyes decided to move the Austrian up front.
Arnautovic slowly became a fan favourite after scoring a bunch of vital goals – including the winner against London rivals Chelsea in a 1-0 win – and in an attack alongside Anderson and Yarmolenko, Pellegrini could have a team capable of achieving something special at the London Stadium.
Parting ways now with the 29-year-old would be two steps back for West Ham having made one gigantic leap forward with the signings of Anderson and Yarmolenko.