Marko Arnautovic asks to leave West Ham for China

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West Ham have had some miserable failures in attack for the club over the last decade, with the likes of Mido, Benni McCarthy, Marouane Chamakh and Simone Zaza all struggling upon arrival. They paid £20 million for him, which is nothing in the current market. It is close to double what they paid for him. Arnautovic is rumoured to have a £200,000 per-week offer on the table, one that would be hard to turn for a player approaching his 30th birthday.

Wilson may be the answer to the forward search and he's proving this season he can tear it up in the Premier League.

While some Hammers seem adamant that Arnautovic won't leave during the January transfer window, a plethora of fans have fired into the Austrian amidst the transfers rumours, and here's a flavour of what some of the fans have said about these recent goings-on and many have likened this situation to that of the Dimitri Payet saga.

'West Ham bought Marko for peanuts.

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Manuel Pellegrini on Thursday dismissed suggestions the 29-year-old could leave the club this month but having admitted in November the forward would like to test himself in the Champions League, Arnautovic's brother Danijel, who also acts as his agent, released a statement which asks for them to allow him to move to the Chinese Super League.

It was believed that West Ham were ready to offer the Catalans giants £20 million for the services of the Spain global, but a source inside the London Stadium poured scorn on that notion. 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'.

"Those are all rumours", Pellegrini said.

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"I don't want to talk about things that might happen". "We know that we have a very good player in Marko, a lot of clubs may want him to play for them".

The Premier League is arguably at a level of quality never seen before, with new club owners and lucrative broadcasting rights seeing teams bringing in higher quality players from all over the world.

That might well be the players wish, and knowing the big money that sides in China pay it really isn't too much of a surprise that his agent might want him to go too, but the club are going to dig their heels in.

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