Marko Arnautovic Intends To Move To Chinese Super League This Month

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The Austria global has scored eight goals in 17 matches this season having moved from Stoke City to the Hammers in 2017 for around £20 million.

Selling him would leave them short of time to find a replacement before the end of the January transfer window.

The player's agent and brother Danijel Arnautovic told talkSPORT on Thursday it is his client's "great desire that West Ham accepts the offer from China".

The Gunners have won their last two competitive fixtures, coming out on top against Fulham in the Premier League on New Year's Day and defeating Blackpool in the third round of the FA Cup last weekend. He wants to go to a new market and challenge for titles.

West Ham have been inconsistent throughout the campaign but will undoubtedly pose a threat to a perennially shaky Arsenal backline.

It is understood that Manuel Pellegrini's side don't want to lose talisman Arnautovic amid £36million interest from the Chinese Super League, but he does turn 30 this year. "He took every award at the club; best player, signing of the season and the players" award.

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini had earlier stated his wish and belief Arnautovic will stay for the rest of the season.

If Arnautovic does move to China, West Ham will make a move for Bournemouth forward Wilson. That is Marko. He will never change.

Within minutes, a clearly irked West Ham responded by simply saying: 'Marko has a contract and we fully expect him to honour it.

"I predict with complete confidence that we'll look back at the whole thing and laugh on the day of Marko's testimonial in 2026 as he tearfully hangs his boots up and joins the coaching staff".

West Ham host Arsenal on Saturday and Pellegrini has no qualms about playing Arnautovic despite the speculation.

'We know Marko is a very good player so maybe a lot of clubs will want him to play for their team but at the moment he is a West Ham player and we want to keep him.

"He's not been able to book the return flight just yet - something to do with a system error affecting all airlines - but he'll let us know when he's headed back and he'll send us a picture of him signing the guest book and posing with a scarf". I don't think they will go.

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