West Ham source dismisses link to worldwide midfielder

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West Ham forward Marko Arnautovic wants to leave the club this January, having been offered a monster contract by a Chinese Super League club.

A bid worth £36million from an unnamed Chinese Super League club has been turned down with manager Manuel Pellegrini determined to keep hold of his star asset. "They paid £20m for him, which is nothing in the current market", Danijel told talkSPORT.

Pellegrini added that the two-time Premier League winner's previous experience sets him in good stead for his return to football with West Ham.

The 31-year-old midfielder has signed for the Hammers until the end of the season after completing an 18-month doping ban, following a successful period training with the club.

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.

The report details that Wilson is in their sights as a potential replacement and they'd have to pay over £35million for the England internatonal, as he's been earmarked for around the £50million mark. This is what he wants. It is his great desire that West Ham accept the offer from China.

Earlier, during his pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday's match against Arsenal, Manuel Pellegrini was confident the club's leading scorer this season would not be distracted by speculation over his future and was in contention to start.

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"Marko and the other players involved in the rumours have their heads here, they want to continue the way they're playing".

A West Ham spokesperson said: "Marko has a contract and we fully expect him to honour it".

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.

"I don't want to talk about things that might happen".

"He's a willing runner and he would help them stretch the game".

Chelsea have been linked with a move for Callum Wilson but should they go for Marko Arnautovic? I don't know what the Spaniard gives you - and Eden Hazard is just not a striker. He can make things happen and do something special.

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