Manchester United Preparing A £50m January Bid For Premier League Forward

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Manchester United will make a move for West Ham striker Marko Arnautovic come January.

Jose Mourinho appears to have identified the striker as a crucial target for the winter transfer window, and has asked the club to make an offer for his services.

The Portuguese tactician had expressed his interest in the 29-year-old in the summer as well, but he did not follow that interest up with an official bid.

Arnautovic, who joined the Hammers from Stoke City for £24 million in the summer 2017, has become a key part of the West Ham attack, endearing himself to the supporters of the London club in the process.

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However, the forward would still be up to make the switch to Old Trafford, with his brother, who is also his agent, recently admitting that Marko wishes to compete with the very best, and will therefore be prepared to make a move.

Mourinho, who worked with Arnautovic at Inter Milan nine years ago, wants to recruit the player to add more firepower to his frontline as well as provide competition for Romelu Lukaku, who has failed to score in his last 11 appearances for Manchester United.

Further, Jose also hopes that the arrival of the Austrian international will boost the Mancunian giants’ chances of finishing in the top 4 and effectively qualifying for next season’s Champions League, which could also end up saving his job at the helm.

The Mirror adds that the Red Devils are preparing a bid is excess of £50 million for the star striker – a sum that could possibly prove to be quite sufficient to close this deal at the start of the new year.