Marko Arnautovic omitted from West Ham squad to face Bournemouth as forward nears towards China move

Marko Arnautovic omitted from West Ham squad to face Bournemouth as forward nears towards China move

However there have been suggestions that West Ham are considering their options and discussing whether to sign a replacement for Arnautovic before allowing him to leave. The Chinese transfer window does not close until February.

Arnautovic has told his team-mates, also, that he wants to go, in a move that will double his wages, with Michail Antonio saying that everyone at the club knows the Austrian is hoping to leave.

“Players come and go, we are used to it. Obviously I’d rather he stayed, he’s a talisman for the club,” Antonio said. Arnautovic joined from Stoke City in 2017 for a then club record fee of £20m – rising to £25m.

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