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Marko Arnautovic

West Ham United will demand £60m for Manchester United target Marko Arnautovic according to The Mirror (h/t The Metro).

The Austrian had only joined the Premier League side at the start of last season for a fee of £24m but is reportedly a target for Jose Mourinho this summer.

The 29-year-old was one of the brighter performers for the Hammers as his 11 goals and 6 assists in the Premier League saved them from the drop and Mourinho was even spotted in the stands when Arnautovic’s Austria defeated Russia in a friendly.

The report from the Metro also goes on to say that Mourinho believes the Austrian would be a decent back-up for our star striker Romelu Lukaku. United, however, are not willing to meet the £60m asking price and value the 29-year-old at £35m.

Mourinho has worked with Arnautovic in the past when the pair was at Inter Milan but the Austrian was shipped off to the Bundesliga after failing to make a mark in the Serie A.

For all the good work he did with West Ham last season, we simply cannot be bullied into paying the amount West Ham want for a player that has had his issues in the past.

The 29-year-old has blown hot and cold since moving to the Premier League and he is certainly not worth £60m. This is possibly a measure to ensure United do not come looking for him and hopefully, we go out there and sign some other young striker that can do the job for us.

We already have the likes of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford that can play as the striker, and giving them more opportunities next season is a better way to ease the burden on Lukaku.