West Ham are currently in talks to sell their talisman Marko Arnautovic to a Chinese Super League club, according to the player’s brother.
The 30-year-old pushed for a move to the Far East last January but the Hammers rebuffed interest and the forward eventually penned a new deal.
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- Six months ago, West Ham reportedly rejected a bid in the region of £30m for Arnautovic.
- The offer is believed to have come from a Chinese Super League club.
- Instead, Arnautovic signed a new deal in east London, but interest has since resurfaced.
- His brother, Danijel, has now agitated the West Ham hierarchy by suggesting the club are treating Arnautovic like a “number”.
- West Ham have been strongly linked with a striker this summer, with Maxi Gomez supposedly the top target.
However, fast forward six months and that interest from the Chinese Super League has rekindled, with Arnautovic’s brother and agent, Danijel, slamming the West Ham board for treating his sibling like a “commodity”.
Danijel told Sky Sports: “He is not a cow or a horse which you bring to market. He is a highly talented footballer who’s simply being used by West Ham. He’s just a number to them.
“West Ham were trying to get rid of Marko right up until the last minute of the January transfer window and they are still trying to sell him right now. West Ham are still speaking to the Chinese club.
“He is still for sale and it is simply a case of how much money West Ham can get for him”
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“Take the money, get him out and we’ll move on”
Speaking on the subject, ex-West Ham striker Teddy Sheringham gave his two cents on the matter, advising his former club to not hold the player to ransom, but rather, take the cash and reinvest the funds on the playing squad.
“It all depends on Marko’s attitude,” Sheringham told talkSPORT.
“Does he want to leave? Is he seeing himself going to China? Does he want to play for West Ham on the money he’s on?
“Is he going keep constantly having his head turned? I don’t know.
“You’ve got to ask him that question – Do you want to stay? Do you want to play for us? If not, let’s take the money, get him out and we’ll move on.”