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Chelsea eye Marko Arnautovic as solution to striker crisis despite ace only joining West Ham from Stoke six months ago

Antonio Conte desperate to land a new forward before the January transfer window closes.

Chelsea are reportedly weighing up a move for West Ham star Marko Arnautovic.

ESPN claims Antonio Conte sees the Austria international as a potential solution to his striker woes.

Chelsea are reportedly weighing up a move for Marko Arnautovic

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Chelsea are reportedly weighing up a move for Marko Arnautovic

The Blues have been linked with a number of target men this month, including the Hammers’ Andy Carroll, Stoke’s Peter Crouch, Crystal Palace’s Christian Benteke and Tottenham’s Fernando Llorente.

There is even said to be interest in Burnley’s Ashley Barnes, while talks are believed to be at an impasse with Roma for ex-Manchester City star Edin Dzeko.

But Arnautovic has shown he is more than capable of leading the line after bursting into life under David Moyes.

The 28-year-old has only been with West Ham for six months after securing a £25million move from Stoke.


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The striker only joined West Ham from Stoke six months ago

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The striker only joined West Ham from Stoke six months ago

Yet ESPN claims he could be swapping east London for west if Chelsea follow up their interest with a tempting bid.

Time is running out for Conte to land suitable back-up for Alvaro Morata, who has registered just five goals in his last 23 appearances.

Current second-choice striker Michy Batshuayi has netted just once since October.


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While highly-rated youngster Tammy Abraham is understood to not have a recall clause in his loan deal at Swansea.

Chelsea were previously interested in West Ham team-mate Andy Carroll

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Chelsea were previously interested in West Ham team-mate Andy Carroll

Chelsea are believed to have held talks with Roma over Edin Dzeko

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Chelsea are believed to have held talks with Roma over Edin Dzeko

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