Brace the Hammer has learned that reports of a €25 million bid for a mystery striker could be wide of the mark. We have come to believe that this bid is not for a striker but for Stoke City winger Marko Arnautović.
In addition to a striker West Ham United have been looking at wingers after a failed bid for Henry Onyekuru earlier this transfer window. The bid for Arnautović would see the Hammers bring another player to an already crowded wing.
The price tag is rumored to be 25 million Euros or Pounds to bring the Austrian winger to the London Stadium. He has made 125 appearances at Stoke scoring 22 goals in all competitions. He joined the Potters in 2013 for a fee of around 2 million.
He has been rumored with moves to Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan this summer. The 6’3 winger would bring in another winger to a team that already has Michail Antonio, Andre Ayew, Sofanie Feghouli, and Robert Snodgrass. The latter two have been linked with moves out of the London Stadium.
The move seems to make sense based on the fact that all the current wingers prefer the right side, while Ayew can play on the left. However, with striker being the biggest need and the promise of two strikers coming in an expensive bid for Arnautović seems odd.
At 25 million anything the price seems too high as other rumors have him at €15 million. I wouldn’t pay 25 million anything for him with his hot and cold record and a gluttony of wingers already on the roster. Not to mention some major questions over his attitude.
My thoughts could be clouded by my extreme anger over the Kelechi Iheancho deal falling through but I still think bringing in two GOOD strikers takes precedence over bringing in an above average winger.
What are your thoughts?