Marko Arnautovic Wants To Leave West Ham For China
Marko Arnautovic wants West Ham to accept the £35 million offer on the table from a Chinese Super League team, that's according to the striker's agent, but the club have no interest in selling him.
Back in the summer Marko Arnautovic was a wanted man. The Austrian forward may have only been with West Ham for a year at the time but Jose Mourinho wanted the forward to join him at Manchester United.
A few months on and Mourinho is out of work and United are no longer being linked with a £50 million move for the former Stoke City striker.
However the Hammers are now in a fight with the Chinese Super League for their second top scorer this season with a bid of £35 million tabled for the striker, from an unnamed team from the far east.
The Premier League side may have turned down the bid but, talking to TalkSPORT, Arnautovic's brother and agent Danijel revealed the 29 year old wants to leave, saying:
"West Ham bought Marko for peanuts. They paid £20 million for him, which is nothing in the current market.
"They bought him to keep them in the Premier League last season and he did that. He took every award at the club; best player, signing of the season and the players' award.
"Now West Ham have a fantastic offer. It is close to double what they paid for him.
"He wants to go to a new market and challenge for titles. This is what he wants.
"It is his great desire that West Ham accept the offer from China."
That might well be the players wish, and knowing the big money that sides in China pay it really isn't too much of a surprise that his agent might want him to go too, but the club are going to dig their heels in.
West Ham gave a very short response to the statement by the agent and it's clear he's going nowhere quick:
In response to the statement from the brother and agent of Marko Arnautovic this afternoon, the Club has issued the following: pic.twitter.com/6A2p3glFhg
- West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) January 10, 2019
Oh sure, players and clubs are always honouring contracts these days...
Perhaps this is what the Hammers really meant:
West Ham release an official statement on the future of Marko Arnautovic: pic.twitter.com/oRgFtYefzh
- ODDSbible (@ODDSbible) January 10, 2019
The former Inter loanee turns 30 before the end of the season and has had a couple of injures already this season and at £35 million it might just be worth selling a player who doesn't want to be at the London Stadium.