Wolves and Ajax have spoken to Christian Eriksen's representatives but no formal bid has been submitted to Inter Milan; West Ham unlikely to take up the chance to re-sign Marko Arnautovic due to his high wages
Tuesday 5 January 2021 20:14, UK
West Ham have been offered the chance to sign former Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen from Inter Milan.
Eriksen left Spurs last January to join the Serie A side but has made just five starts in all competitions this season, with Inter's chief executive Giuseppe Marotta previously admitting the move has not worked out and the Dane is all-but certain to leave the club in January.
Sky in Italy reported on Monday night that Wolves and Ajax have spoken to Eriksen's representatives but no formal bid has been submitted.
The Hammers have also been offered Marko Arnautovic from Shanghai SIPG, who left West Ham in acrimonious circumstances in the summer of 2019 after agitating for a lucrative move to China.
West Ham are understood to be willing to allow Arnautovic to return, but are being put off by his £175,000-a-week wages.
When the Austrian left West Ham, a fee in the region of £22.4m was agreed with Shanghai SIPG, with Sky Sports News reporting the Hammers were willing to accept a "terrible deal" after comments made by his brother claiming the club were "using" him.
The departure ended a two-season spell at West Ham where Arnautovic registered 21 goals in 59 Premier League matches, and the Austrian international went on to score seven goals in 18 games during the Chinese Super League's curtailed 2020 campaign.
Speaking in September, Arnautovic admitted he had initially underestimated the demands of football in China.
"I underestimated the conditions here. I was thinking okay, I'll come here, like in Europe, let's play a game, it should not be hard. It was very hard," he said.
"It was true, I had some games that were not good and I know the expectations are high, but I'm ready and born for this. I'm born for challenges.
"I underestimated and I didn't train and I didn't look after my body, drinking fizzy drinks, what is not good for the body. Eating at wrong times.
"When I came to China it took me about three weeks until I adapted to the time. I went to bed at 6 or 7 in the morning, woke up at 3 or 4 in the afternoon and went to training. Stay up again all night.
"I put in my mind the club wanted me to come. To do well. To play for the title. I changed because I need to do better and be fitter, otherwise you can't play here. When you're not in a fit condition you cannot play in China."
Paris Saint-Germain head coach Mauricio Pochettino wants to make former Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen one of his first signings.
The Denmark midfielder is available for transfer from Inter Milan in January after struggling to break into Antonio Conte's plans.
Sky Sports News has been told Pochettino is keen to be reunited with him after they worked together to great affect at Tottenham.
The winter transfer window is open until Monday February 1 at 11pm.
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