Arnautovic asks to leave Hammers, club adamant he is not for sale

No news about Arnautovic to China links- Pellegrini

West Ham United were yesterday drawn into an unedifying public row with their best player when Marko Arnautovic told the club that he wants to make a lucrative move to China.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini had earlier said he was determined to keep Arnautovic, who has scored eight goals this season, including three in his last two matches.

West Ham are reportedly exploring the possibility of making a January move to sign Newcatle's Jonjo Shelvey.

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 report details that Wilson is in their sights as a potential replacement and they'd have to pay over £35million for the England internatonal, as he's been earmarked for around the £50million mark.

Arnautovic's brother, Danijel, has issued a statement claiming that West Ham bought him for "peanuts" and should let him leave.

They bought him to keep them in the Premier League last season and he did that. He wants to go to a new market and challenge for titles.

"It is his great desire that West Ham accept the offer from China", Danijel added.

Marko Arnautovic is set to face a rough ride at West Ham after the club rejected a big-money offer from a Chinese club - but the 29-year-old still expects to play against Arsenal on Saturday.

However, they now have no room on their roster to sign foreign players, suggesting they may not be the club in question. He hopes the fans can respect his wishes.

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

"Those are all rumours", said the Chilean. Callum Wilson is believed to be their primary target, but it would likely take a huge offer to prise him away from Bournemouth.

Mesut Ozil has recovered from a knee injury but we doubt is Unai Emery will name him in his first XI on Saturday. [emz_dj]If Arnie wants to leave then get as much as we can for him and get him out of the club. I don't think they will go.

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