Man Utd Manchester United have expressed an interest in West Ham United forward Marko Arnautovic. However, it is understood that the club will not be making a bid for the Austrian international in the January window.
Instead United will continue to monitor Arnautovic for the rest of this season before deciding whether or move for him, which is far from certain.
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Given Arnautovics age – he is 29 – Uniteds interest in him may depend on whether or not Jose Mourinho remains as the clubs manager beyond this campaign. Arnautovic has long been linked to United, who would be loathe to pay a significant transfer fee for a player of his age. He has three more years on his contract after this campaign.
Declan Rice: Manchester United sent scouts to watch the 19-year-old in West Hams defeat to Manchester City, the Metro reports. The teenager, whose current deal expires in the summer of 2020, has already been linked to Chelsea, but United are also keen and have been monitoring his progress, the paper adds.
West Ham are aware of the interest in Arnautovic and that intermediaries are sounding out clubs, who they signed for up to £25million in July 2017 from Stoke City. His brother and representative, Danijel, recently said the striker needs to play at a top team and is ready for the next step.
Meanwhile, Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea is wanted by Paris St-Germain, the Sun says. Juventus are also interested in the 28-year-old, with United finally set to sell, but PSG have now joined the race and intend to make him the highest-paid goalkeeper in the world, the paper reports.
Arnautovic, who went off with a hip injury in the defeat at home to Manchester City on Saturday, has however denied he is looking for a move away from West Ham.
Meanwhile, Paris Saint-Germain insist they are not trying to sign United David De Gea even though there is growing concern at Old Trafford that Spains goalkeeper will not stay beyond the end of his current contract.
United are invoking an option to extend the 28-year-olds existing deal by 12 months until the end of next season but have a decision to make at the end of this campaign. If they do not sell and he will not sign a long-term deal they risk losing De Gea for free on July 1, 2020.
De Gea will be in demand with a number of Europes leading clubs but PSG have distanced themselves from claims he is set to sign for them. They signed 40-year-old Gianluigi Buffon on a free transfer last summer – on a one-year deal with an option for a further 12 months – to compete with Alphonse Areola for the No 1 spot.
Rice has a season and a half left on his deal and remains no closer to agreeing fresh terms. The 19-year-old has impressed in defensive midfield this season and believes he is deserving of an offer that reflects his value to Manuel Pellegrinis side.
Although West Ham had hoped to resolve Rices future by the end of the year, they do not anticipate losing their brightest young talent for nothing. They are adamant Rices contract contains an option that will allow them to extend it until 2021 and they will not hesitate to activate that clause if necessary. West Hams belief is that they are in a position of strength.
Read more Rice, who is considering whether to switch his international allegiances to England after representing the Republic of Ireland in three friendlies, earns £3,000 a week and it is understood that his representatives have pushed for a basic wage of £30,000 a week. Although the player is happy at West Ham, he has shown no inclination to accept their offer of £15,000 a week plus lucrative appearance bonuses.
West Ham feel their stance is more realistic for a young player. However plenty of clubs will be watching closely to see whether Rice, who is comfortable in defence and midfield, grows disillusioned there.
The club are willing to listen to offers for Reece Oxford in January. Oxford is yet to feature for Pellegrini, who has been unimpressed with the young defender in training, and has said that he will push for a transfer if he continues to be overlooked.
Oxford spent last season on loan at Borussia Mönchengladbach, who have explored the possibility of a permanent deal. West Ham remain hopeful that the England youth international will realise the potential that saw him make his senior debut at the age of 16 but a parting of the ways seems increasingly inevitable.