West Ham reject £36m Marko Arnautovic bid from Chinese Super League

West Ham United reject £36m proposal for striker Marko Arnautovic from Chinese Super League

  • West Ham United star Marko Arnautovic is wanted in the Chinese Super League
  • The Hammers have received a proposal of £36m for the 29-year-old Austrian
  • An increased offer could be made if Arnautovic shows a willingness to move

Simon Jones for the Daily Mail

Kieran Gill for the Daily Mail

Arnautovic cost west Ham £22m from Stoke City and has impressed under David Moyes and Pellegrini, escalating his market value and is already their highest earner. 

Chelsea, Manchester United, Inter Milan and Everton have all shown varying degrees of interest in recent months as his brother and representative, Danijel, courted clubs from across Europe and the Far East.

Indeed, Chelsea have considered the merits of signing Arnautovic this window but are understood to be reluctant to bid owing to the figures that would be required.

The Hammers have received a proposal of £36m for  Austria international Arnautovic

The Hammers have received a proposal of £36m for Austria international Arnautovic

Also key for West Ham would be whether they can find a suitable replacement. Arnautovic is a huge favourite with supporters and they have seen idols sold before. Should he be allowed to leave they would demand a striker of similar calibre to improve Pellegrini’s squad.

Arnautovic scored 11 times last season and has eight goals in 17 appearances this term, including a double in last week’s 2-2 draw against Brighton.

At times temperamental, Arnautovic was unhappy at being substituted during Saturday’s 2-0 FA Cup win over Birmingham but Pellegrini played down the altercation, saying: ‘He [Arnautovic] was angry for just one minute, that is it.’ Asked last week about potential interest during the January transfer window, Pellegrini said: ‘I am sure Marko Arnautovic will stay here with us.’

Meanwhile, West Ham are still awaiting a formal proposal from Real Betis for striker Lucas Perez but will consider selling he Spaniard this window. 

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