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Kevin Campbell is unsure if Everton are right to be looking to sign Marko Arnautovic unless Sean Dyche is on board with the move.
The Telegraph reported on 25 January that the Toffees were eyeing up an “emergency” move for the former West Ham and Stoke forward, after Arnaut Danjuma abandoned his loan deal for Tottenham in the wake of Frank Lampard’s sacking.
Campbell, a Sky Sports pundit, admits the Austrian international has been a good player in the past, but with new manager Dyche since settled on but not yet announced has cautioned against making a signing without the boss’ green light.
He exclusively told Goodison News: “We know he’s been a good player. He’s done well. Seems to be a complex character at times but he’s a very good player.
“I’m not too sure how he’s doing in Italy but he has been a good player in the Premier League in the past.
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“Unless the manager rubber stamps it, what’s the point of trying to get someone if the manager doesn’t want them?”
Arnautovic appeared close to a Manchester United move at the start of the season, before they pulled out amid a fan backlash [Guardian, 9 August].
He has eight goals in 14 Serie A performances this season, and has 43 in total in the Premier League, but at 33 it remains to be seen if Dyche is in favour of a late-window move.
Whether a Toffees fan backlash could or should generate in the same way it did when he appeared set for Old Trafford might put the club off a deal, if there are any viable alternatives, but with time running out the options are depleting.