Upton Park side chase Bundesliga attacker.
West Ham are interested in a deal to sign Werder Bremen forward Marko Arnautovic this summer, according to the Daily Mail.
The versatile attacker has been made available for transfer this summer, as Hammers manager Sam Allardyce eyes a cut-price deal this window. Without a reliable striking partner for Andy Carroll at the club, the talented Austrian attacker is seen as a must-sign target with only a month to go in the transfer window.
The Bundesliga club also reportedly have offers from Spain for the 24-year old, but Arnautovic is keen on a transfer to the London club to experience Premier League football. Having failed in bids to sign highly rated Colombian youngster Duvan Zapata and Lille forward Salomon Kalou, Allardyce sees Arnautovic as a slightly cheaper attacking option that is more versatile.
Able to play on either wing, as well as down the middle, Arnautovic would be an ideal addition to remove the goalscoring burden from Carroll’s shoulders. Along with Modibo Maiga, who has impressed the Hammers coaches this pre-season, the Irons would have assembled a talented striking group capable of firing in the goals to keep them up.
Arnautovic will likely operate in a wide-right role, as Andy Carroll will play down the middle. Allardyce is keen to bring in one more forward this summer, but has been unlucky in his pursuit of Spartak Moscow striker Emmanuel Emenike and West Brom forward Peter Odemwingie, but the London club are yet to reach an agreement with either club for their transfers.