West Ham transfer news: Owners issued £60m Marko Arnautovic demand after bid

That’s the view of former Hammers star Frank McAvennie with Arnautovic’s agent on Thursday releasing a statement saying the Austrian wants to leave the club.

It comes following reports that an unnamed Chinese club made a bid of £35m for the former Stoke star.

West Ham quickly issued a statement saying that they expect Arnautovic to honour his contract in east London.

The Hammers spent a then club record £20m on Arnautovic when they brought him in from Stoke in the summer of 2017 and he has shone in claret and blue.

But McAvennie knows a bid of £60m could tempt West Ham into selling their star player.

“Listen, if he’s adamant to go, West Ham should’ve put a release clause in his contract for £60million,” McAvennie told talkSPORT.

“But Mr [David] Sullivan and [David] Gold are not going to sell Arnie for £35million, not a chance.

“For £60million, they might let him go if that’s what he wants to do.

“I couldn’t believe it when I saw the news because I understand £300,000-a-week turns heads, but then all this nonsense about him wanting to win trophies and that kind of stuff – it’s China we’re talking about.

“The money nowadays, it doesn’t matter to footballers because they’re all wealthy boys. He’s not going there for a better standard of football. I think it might just be his brother talking.

“I could understand it if he wanted to go to Chelsea or Manchester City. Nobody took a chance on him when he was at Stoke, but West Ham showed faith in him and paid the money.

“He’s paid them back with some great performances and he’s dragged them out of the mud, he’s done well.

“Arnie is only 29, he’s got a lot of years left. Go to China when you’re 32 or 33, don’t go there at the moment. You’ll still get big money in the next three years without going to China.

“Stay and make a name for yourself at West Ham – and have the big clubs fight for you.

“He keeps on kissing the badge and doing the Hammers sign, it’s time to show a wee bit of loyalty.

“He’s a good player. His brother is talking nonsense about medals and all that – they buy medals over there! You’ll get a medal just for going there. It’s the wrong thing to do.”

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Source:: Daily times


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