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Report: Arnautovic replacement lined up

Reports in the Daily Mail suggest that Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson is being lined up as a possible replacement for Marko Arnautovic if he leaves for China or elsewhere this January.

Pellegrini told Sky Sports “We will see what will happen in the next days,’ It’s an issue, but the club must see what the best is for the club, for him and for everyone and I hope the club will make the best decision for everyone. I think we are very calm about the situation, but I don’t want to talk about that because nothing is 100 per cent but we will see what the developments are over the next couple of days.’

The club released a statement earlier this week saying Arnautovic is not for sale and they expect the player to honour his contract.

However, many supporters have pointed that the club said something very similar with Dimi Payet only to let him go on the cheap to Marseille blaming personal circumstances.

Like Payet, there are thought to be external factors to why Arnautovic wants out of West Ham, the reasons of which have widely circulated and discussed amongst many fans at yesterday’s game at the London Stadium.

Bournemouth are said to be willing to let Wilson go this winter but value him at £75m with Chelsea rumoured to pay up to £50m for the 26-year-old so he wouldn’t come cheap.


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I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

14 comments on “Report: Arnautovic replacement lined up

  1. As good as Wilson is, he is not a £50-70m player. Herein is our biggest problem. If Marko is allowed to leave for less than £60m we will not be able to afford like for like quality. Primarily because of the sell on clause for Stoke. It’ll really reduce our disposal income. The agency representatives of Marko have blindsided us, as our best option is to retain with a hefty increase in wages to appease. Now it begins to look like the Payet fiasco, where we paid a massive bonus, big pay rise, only to be shafted less than eight months later.

  2. Belotti please

  3. This guy had two back to back ACLs recently. With his injury record and our luck he will be forced to retire before brexit comes through.
    It’s a no from me.

  4. Surely nobody with a brain would pay 50mill let alone 70mill for a good but not too striker. Were not be interested at that price maybe 30max it’s possible not worth any more. He would get goals playing around much better players at west ham for sure and a top coach no disrespect to Howe as his a good coach punching above his weight at a team also punching above their weight In the premier. We can get a better striker than him for sure and Arnie and his greedy brother as their are no medals to win in China only a cash cow and greed of a player who at his prime only interested in money. If he was ending his career at a late stage gold luck to him but that’s not the case. By the way Bournemouth just paid a ridiculous amount of cash for an average liver pool player that’s not even fit to play till next month so i guess they are expecting Wilson to leave for better clubs imo

  5. Let’s finally get Batshuayi. He’s out of favour at Chelsea, will cost about the same as we get for Arnie, has a record in the EPL and Bundesliga and a few dodgy months in La Liga for a team thought it was a good idea to appoint Gary Neville as manager can’t be allowed to distort our thinking. Young, quick, fox in the box. Simpl.

  6. I agree Wilson will not bring us to the next level. My preference is to keep Arne all day long but I would not be against signing Batshuayi on loan as his replacement until the end of the season and then reinvest the 50-60 million we will surely get for Arne in the summer.

  7. If that’s the only offer for Arnie let him play in the reserves not having that s**t we had with Payet again. We should not let him go for less than 60 million in any circumstances . Chinese taking the preverbial with that offer do one and Arnies brother. Bye bye Arnie or suit on the bench I don’t care at least £60 million.

  8. I believe that Wilson would make part of a good pairing in 2 up front,but the problem is getting him and who would he play with.Howe obviously doesn’t want to sell or he wouldn’t have put such a ridiculous price on his head. Batshuayi I’m afraid not for me and was it not he that didn’t want to come to West Ham so why would he now,other than he has been seen as a failure.But who?

  9. Agree Wilson is not a 50 million pound player funnily enough though they have another player Josh King who I rate as a better all round striker than Wilson and would probably be cheaper. Batshuayi needs a lot of chances to score and lacks aggression but as a second best maybe he would do.

  10. Just saw Vincent Jansen scored in spurs reserves, I really rate the guy, Spuds have turned him into Rubbish but MP could restore his confidence and get him back on track he is a 25 – 30 goal a season striker

  11. Rondon could be a good replacement… might even be able to do a part exchange on AC

  12. Batshuayi had his chance to come to us before and he didn’t take it. He preferred to sit on the bench at Chelsea or go elsewhere. So why should we take him now? Not for me. I only want players that want to play for us.

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