Mourinho Eyes Premier League Striker Raid


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Manchester United are set to rock West Ham United by launching a bid for Marko Arnautovic claims Sky Sports.

Arnautovic moved to the London Stadium last summer and proved an integral part of the Hammers successful fight against relegation. Despite this, it was not enough to save David Moyes’ job and the Scot with whom he enjoyed a fruitful relationship, is succeeded by Manuel Pellegrini.

The 28-year-old is valued at £50m. However, the television station’s sources declared that the Hammers are not minded to sell the Austria international.

Eleven goals and six assists underlined why West Ham paid a club-record fee of £25m to lure him away from Stoke City and with no ready replacement at the club, any negotiations would be tortuous. Having jumped out of the relegation frying pan, the Hammers don’t want to land in the fire.

United boss Jose Mourinho knows Arnautovic from their time together at Inter Milan. The Austrian was ill-suited to the Italian game and with just three appearances during a loan spell under his belt, he returned to FC Twente before moving onto Werder Bremen.

With 30-year-old Marouane Fellaini leaving, Mourinho is looking to add some fighting qualities to his squad and checked Arnautovic out during Austria’s 1 – 0 win over Russia last night. The striker provided an assist for Alessandro Schopf’s first-half goal.