Declan Rice posts picture with 'top, top guy' Marko Arnautovic on Twitter
ROMFORD, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 07: Marko Arnautovic and Declan Rice of West Ham United during Training at Rush Green on February 7, 2019 in Romford, England. (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images)

Declan Rice shared an Instagram photo with Marko Arnautovic yesterday night, amid speculations linking the Austrian with a return to West Ham.

Hammers manager David Moyes desperately wants to bring in a couple of top-tier centre-forwards this summer.

Marko Arnautovic, in particular, has been heavily linked with a move to West Ham in recent months.

The 32-year-old is said to be on the Hammers’ radar by Tutto Mercato Web, ExWHUemployee, and talkSPORT transfer specialist Alex Crook ahead of the summer transfer window.

Declan Rice posts picture with 'top, top guy' Marko Arnautovic on Twitter
VIENNA, AUSTRIA – NOVEMBER 16: Marko Arnautovic of Austria looks on prior to the UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifier between Austria and North Macedonia on November 16, 2019 in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)

The 32-year-old might be a free transfer target. So long as Moyes also brings in a big name, signing Arnie on the cheap isn’t the worst idea in the world.

After the way he pushed for a move away from the Hammers before his eventual departure two years ago, he is not popular in East London.

In July 2019, the 87-cap Austria international joined Shanghai SIPG, currently known as Shanghai Port, from the London Stadium. In China, the striker earns a staggering £200,000 a week (Daily Mirror).

The flamboyant striker appears to have remained a popular figure among West Ham’s teammates.

Declan is obviously a big Arnie fan. After yesterday night’s international game, he shared the photo below with the Austrian:

Sure, he’s 32 years old and certainly past his prime. However, the former Stoke City player might yet work for West Ham for a year or two.

It remains to be seen whether Moyes will be daring enough to bring him back.

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