West Ham chase player who Mourinho said has the attitude ''of a child''

Marko Arnautovic has been linked with a move to West Ham this week. Could Sam Allardyce get the best out of him?

West Ham United have been linked with a move for plenty of strikers in recent days - as Sam Allardyce hunts for a perfect partner to play alongside Andy Carroll.

David Sullivan, the clubs co-owner has admitted that the team will be looking to bring in a striker with pace to play off the front-man - but it seems the player will also be someone who can play out wide.

That can be safely assumed by the clubs decision not to pursue a deal for Salamon Kalou - after the former Chelsea player could not be given assurances over playing down the middle.

Therefore the link with Marko Arnautovic makes sense.

A quick forward with the ability to play out wide he is also available for transfer. Werder Bremen are willing to entertain the idea of selling the Austrian this summer. Most Bundesliga sides are in a current position of financial power. However not every team is in such an excellent financial position. Werder are one such team who need to raise some funds.

Arnautovic is one of the clubs best assets at this current moment in time so moving him on is a priority.

However West Ham appear to have competition on the horizon.

It is reported in Bild that Real Sociedad and Valencia are ready to make a move for the player this summer.

But is he the sort of player either side should be going for this summer.

The former Inter Milan striker has something of a reputation as a bad boy.

Jose Mourinho once stated that Arnautovic ‘’is a fantastic person but has the attitude of a child.’’

While at Inter Milan he was best pals with none other than Mario Balotelli - the two raising hell wherever they went no doubt.

But West Ham should be perfect for him. Sam Allardyce has something of a knack for getting the best out of, let’s say, difficult characters.

Nicolas Anelka, Kevin Nolan, Youri Djorkaeff - there is a trend.

If anyone is going to get the best out of him then Big Sam might just be the man.

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