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Marko Arnautovic Wants To Leave West Ham For China

Marko Arnautovic Wants To Leave West Ham For China

The rumours started circulating yesterday that the attacking star dubbed "Arnie" could be open to a move away from the Hammers, and his agent and brother Danijel Arnautovic has since added fuel fire to the fire by sending a statement into TalkSPORT.

The Austria forward moved to east London in July 2017 for £20m, plus an additional £5m in potential add-ons, and is West Ham's joint-top scorer this season with eight goals in all competitions.

Reports have stated the offer - which, it is understood, would mean Arnautovic earns approximately £40m over his four-year contract, a vast upgrade on his current wage of £90,000 a week - is from reigning champions Shanghai SIPG, although their permitted allocation of three overseas players is filled by former Chelsea midfielder Oscar and his fellow Brazilians Hulk and Elkeson.

He said: "West Ham bought Marko for peanuts".

The 29-year-old, has scored seven Premier League goals this season.

'It is his great desire that West Ham accept the offer from China'.

He knows the West Ham fans love him and he has a special connection with them, but things move on, this is the world of sport, and he hopes they can understand.

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West Ham are now operating without creative playmakers Manuel Lanzini, Jack Wilshere and Andriy Yarmolenko due to injury, and although Samir Nasri has come in to help in their absence, the Chilean is looking for further signings, not just to add quality to his ranks, but also depth too. At the moment we have no news about him.

Pellegrini, who substituted Arnautovic against his will after only 20 minutes in Saturday's FA Cup win over Birmingham, had earlier shrugged off the speculation.

Will be hard to replace but i trust Pellegrini to do it. [tomster36]This whole thing about Arnautovic is annoying!

"Those are all rumours", Pellegrini said.

"They want to continue playing the way they have been so far and I am sure that he will have his head in the game against Arsenal".

"I'm not surprised Maurizio Sarri has demanded a striker this week because they need one badly and they could probably get Wilson from Bournemouth for £30m". Although after Payet you never know what's round the corner.


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