There’s news in the Mirror that West Ham’s new manager David Moyes will let Austrian forward Marko Arnautovic leave the club in January.
And inevitably the forward has been linked with Newcastle whether Rafa Benitez has a real interest in the player or not.
The former Stoke winger has not been impressive at West Ham after joining them in a deal worth over £20M in the summer, and Newcastle will pay nowhere near that price – even if Rafa is interested.
Rafa is about to cut loose Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic in January, and Arnautovic’ character seems similar to that of the 23-year-old Newcastle striker.
Marko Arnautovic – in West Ham colors
So a good question is would Rafa want a player who doesn’t fit close to the profile of players the manager likes to sign.
Those are players who have a passion for improving their play and giving 100% in training and during games.
Rafa could maybe get the best out of the 68 times capped 28-year-old Austrian International but we really doubt the manager would consider bringing him to Newcastle.
This one is similar to the stories recently that Ben Arfa could be returning to Newcastle – that’s never going to happen as long as Rafa is the manager.
Maybe we could take the Austrian forward on loan in January and see how things work out – including how his attitude and temperament are.
But a leopard cannot change its spots as the saying goes – well I think that’s how it goes.
We’d be very surprised if Marko Arnautovic arrives at Newcastle in January.
What do you think?