Premier League

West Ham must offer £16.2m-rated star an improved contract to deter rival interest next summer

The West Ham United fans have been in buoyant mood in the Transfer Tavern since they recorded a huge 2-0 victory in their fight to beat the drop this season. 

David Moyes is edging closer to proving his pre-appointment doubters wrong by steering The Hammers to safety this season, but there is still plenty of work to be done to ensure his side avoid relegation this season. West Ham took another step towards survival last weekend by defeating their fellow relegation-rivals Watford at The London Stadium courtesy of goals from Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic either side of half-time.

Hernandez’s strike enabled him to score in back-to-back Premier League fixtures for the first time this season and take his tally to 7 goals for the season – including 3 in his last 4 outings. Arnautovic’s strike also has him pairing as the clubs joint top-goalscorer, but the overall performances of the Austrian international have been the more influential of the two so far this season.

Since Moyes took over, Arnautovic (valued at £16.2 million by Transfermarkt) has largely been deployed through the middle of West Ham’s attack, and the tactical switch has pay dividends for the club thus far. The 28-year-old has begun to justify why the club forked out a club-record £20 million to prize him away from Stoke City last summer with a series of eye-catching performances against opponents from both ends of the table.

Arnautovic has been at the heart of everything the club have done well since Moyes took charge of the club, and his impact certainly won’t have gone unnoticed throughout the top-flight.

Considering the quality of his performances in claret and blue, it would be no surprise to see one of the Premier League’s top-six clubs come calling for his signature next summer, so Moyes must ensure that West Ham fend off rival interest by offering Arnautovic a new contract with the club next summer.


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