According to the BBC, Marko Arnautović’s brother, Danijel, has said the West Ham striker wants to move to China to “challenge for titles”.
While The Hammers have said that the Austrian is not for sale, there is a feeling that this may be one of the sagas of the transfer window that will not end.
With that in mind, these are two signings that The Hammers could make should Arnautović leave:
Michy Batshuayi is a player that is on the periphery of the Chelsea squad but cannot break in. Subsequently, he was loaned to La Liga outfit Valencia this season, hoping to emulate the barnstorming season he had in the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund last season, but it has not gone well at all, and he was recalled yesterday.
Although it is unlikely that he will play for Chelsea, West Ham could be the perfect place for him, as he is a powerful, well-rounded striker that has a similar physical presence to Arnautović. What’s better is that the Belgian is probably a more natural finisher, and has an acute sense of where to be at the right time to be on the scoresheet.
With the likes of Felipe Anderson and Robert Snodgrass behind him, the 25-year-old Batshuayi will get a lot of service to showcase his talents.
In terms on natural goal scorers in the Premier League, Frenchman Olivier Giroud needs no introduction. The World Cup winner is not blessed with pace, dribbling neither, but he does know how to score more than many.
Ultimately, that is what West Ham will want, and Giroud will want as much game time as possible now that he is 32, and he is not exactly a favourite under Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea. With his contract due to expire at the end of the season, West Ham could get him very cheaply, and The Blues will be keen to sell.
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