'Not for sale' - West Ham oppose Arnautovic's request for China switch

Tanya Simon
January 11, 2019

Marko Arnautovic has told West Ham United he wants to move to China this month - with the club immediately responding by issuing a statement that the striker "is not for sale".

However, Arnautovic appears determined to engineer an exit, on the evidence of a statement from the player's brother and agent Danijel, given to talkSPORT.

"West Ham bought Marko for peanuts", the statement read.

Nasri fell foul of football's anti-doping regulations in 2016 after receiving an intravenous drip created to 'keep him hydrated and in top health during his busy soccer season with Sevilla', but has since been handed a short-term contract with an ambitious Hammers side. "He took every award at the club; best player, signing of the season and the players" award.

West Ham, 10th in the Premier League, host fifth-placed Arsenal on Saturday (12:30 GMT) and Pellegrini expects Arnautovic to play. He wants to go to a new market and challenge for titles.

His agent says the Austria global will continue to give his all to West Ham while he remains contracted to the club, but that he hopes a deal can be reached for a move to China.

An unnamed Chinese team has reportedly submitted a £35million for Arnautovic, with West Ham believed to have rejected the offer.

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"I'm looking forward to the next game, a derby against Arsenal so I'm sure the atmosphere will be even more insane".

Arnautovic's brother Danijel, who also acts as his representative, revealed that the player wants to leave and urged West Ham to sell.

"You choose a club and a project because of the ambition, and I think that West Ham has everything to be one of the biggest clubs", he said.

Arnautovic joined the Hammers from Stoke in a £20 million deal in the summer of 2017 and won the club's player of the year award after scoring 11 goals in his debut season. That is Marko. He will never change. "We know that we have a very good player in Marko, a lot of clubs may want him to play for them". He hopes the fans can respect his wishes.

"I don't want to talk about things that might happen".

"Marko and all the other players involved in rumours have their heads here", he said.

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