Lukaku Replacement Or Partner? United Interested In Signing New Striker

Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring their second goal.

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Jose Mourinho may have stated earlier that he will not be in the market for a forward in the upcoming summer transfer window, but he could be tempted to sign someone as a backup for Romelu Lukaku.

United lack a central striker, as the trio of Alexis Sanchez, Marcus Rashford, and Anthony Martial all prefer a role on the left flank.

At the end of the 2017-18 season, Rashford got chances to operate as a striker, which is his original position, but the youngster could not impress the manager. The issue was highlighted largely in the FA Cup final loss against Chelsea, where he kept wandering,

With talks circulating that Martial is looking for an exit due to irregular game time, Jose could be on the move to get a backup striker capable of suiting his demands.

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And according to a report in Arab News, the former Chelsea boss has identified Marko Arnautovic as the player whom he could trust.

The Austrian impressed in the Premier League earlier for Stoke City, and also made an impact for West Ham United in the recently concluded season.

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The versatile player offers many attributes upfront and can also operate in a number of positions. Technically sound, the 29-year-old knows the league well, and is an intelligent customer.

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Arnautovic operated as a solo striker many a times for the Hammers, and in turn, has got the attention of Jose. The player scored 11 goals in 35 matches for West Ham.

The Hammers Player of the Season РArnautovic arrived at West Ham for £20m, after spending three seasons at Stoke.

Jose could be tempted to make a surprise move for the forward, and use him wisely to dictate the match proceedings. But it remains to be seen whether West Ham will allow their star player to leave the club.

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