Inter Milan are looking to sign Marko Arnautovic, having put in a £30million bid, according to Daily Star.
However, the Hammers would be foolish to sell the Austrian, who is rated at £31.5 million by Transfermarkt, especially given their current situation.
The Hammers have sold Lucas Pérez and released Andy Carroll, with ExWHUEmployee claiming Javier Hernandez is likely to join them through the London Stadium exit door by the end of the summer transfer window.
This will leave Arnautovic as Manuel Pellegrini’s only senior striker with Xande Silva, Mésaque Djú and Jahmal Hector-Ingram the next best out and out strikers, though Michail Antonio can also fill the position.
The club are looking into signing new strikers but it would still be a massive risk to sell Arnautovic before an adequate starting striker is bought in.
Regardless of whether there are other forwards coming into the club, West Ham should be bringing them in to accompany the Austrian rather than replace him.
He may have caused more than his fair share of problems last season, but his performances at the beginning and end of the campaign show what he is capable of, as he finished with 10 goals and four assists in the league.
It is highly unlikely that the Hammers will be able to recruit someone who can impact games the way Arnautovic can, so it would be foolish to let him leave.