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West Ham transfer news: King and Arnautovic favourites to join in January

By Tony Mogan

Published: 12:00, 7 January 2021

West Ham are 6/4 to sign Josh King in the January Transfer Window with Sebastien Haller looking set to leave the club. 

The Hammers have impressed during the 2020/21 campaign but lack a regular goalscorer in attack. Midfielder Tomas Soucek is the club’s leading scorer in the Premier League this term with five goals, while top-scoring frontman Jarrod Bowen averages just 0.28 goals per game.

Michail Antonio’s injury problems have not helped but Moyes is keen to find a solution in the January market.

Haller meanwhile, a club record signing from Eintracht Frankfurt in 2019, now looks set to leave with reports claiming Ajax are in talks to sign the striker for £25m.

Bournemouth striker King has been linked with a move to London Stadium with his contract due to expire in the summer. He is now free to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs but the market suggests a domestic move is more likely.

Josh King graphicMoyes told Talksport last month: “Last January we brought in Tomas Soucek and Jarrod Bowen and they’ve made an incredible difference to us, so if we can bring in players like that I would definitely do it.”

Marko Arnautovic meanwhile has been linked with a return to the London Stadium after thriving under Moyes during the Scot’s first spell in charge. While reports suggest West Ham aren’t pushing for a reunion, Sky Bet price such a move at 9/2.

Meanwhile, James Tarkowski is priced at 5/1 to make a January move to West Ham. The Hammers reportedly had bids rejected for Tarkowski in the summer and they are apparently poised to reignite their interest.

Whether that happens now or in the summer remains to be seen. The 28-year-old’s Burnley contract expires in 2022 and he has so far rejected two offers of fresh terms at Turf Moor, meaning the Clarets could look to sell him in the coming year to ensure they receive a fee for the England international.

West Ham to sign before February 2 odds (via Sky Bet):

  • Josh King: 6/4
  • Marko Arnautovic: 9/2
  • James Tarkowski 5/1
  • Jesse Lingard 8/1
  • Christian Eriken: 8/1
  • Danny Rose 16/1
  • Sergio Romero: 25/1
  • Mesut Ozil 33/1

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