A report published by the BBC Sport has claimed that West Ham striker Marko Arnautovic has been the subject of a £35 million bid from China.
After arriving at the Hammers from Stoke City ahead of last season, the Austrian has established himself as one of the most-important players within the squad.
Arnautovic managed eleven goals for the club last season. This term, the 29-year-old has so far managed to score seven goals and provide two assists from 16 games in the top-flight.
This will surely be concerning to West Ham fans. Arnautovic is a key player for the team and his presence will be vital for the rest of the campaign if they hope to secure a strong finish on the top half of the standings.
Arnautovic also does not appear to be the most loyal players, as evidenced by his past actions while on the books of Inter Milan and Stoke City.
The player was also left unhappy as he exited the pitch during West Ham’s 2-0 FA Cup win against Birmingham City last weekend. Arnautovic started the game well and scored his team’s opening goal.
In the latest development, manager Manuel Pellegrini selected the attacker in his starting XI for Saturday’s 1-0 win over Arsenal.
However, a slightly concerning incident, as reported by The Sun, shows Arnautovic waving to the West Ham fans – a signal in some people’s minds that he was saying goodbye to the Hammers faithful.