West Ham are willing to listen to offers for Marko Arnautovic, according to reports in the UK.
The Hammers are said to have rejected a £19.7m from a Chinese Super League club but the Austrian is seemingly trying to force a move away from the London Stadium.
Fans on Twitter just want Arnautovic to leave for any price:
Absolutely the last straw. I hope he makes him train on his own so as to not poison the minds of the under 23s.
— deano (@dean_deano88) 3 July 2019
Genuinely need to take 25m and get rid! Horrendous so called professional, don’t want him ruining pre-season with the squad! Get him gone ASAP and reinvest
— ⚒Sam the Hammer⚒ (@samcwhufc) 3 July 2019
Why the hell would the club not take 19 Mill for this clown 🤡 put it towards someone else 🤷♂️
— Billy Parker (Myles) (@Billywilly118) 3 July 2019
The damage is now done . We need to clear this poison from our club. He should get no 3rd chance. This has to end this transfer window. If we get the money back he cost us then hes gotta go. No one wants him anymore.arnie and his brother r rotten to the core. We deserve better⚒
— tracey andrews (@lemlem75) 3 July 2019
It really is time for arnie to leave he’s like a big kid
— jim (@jimjim1701) 3 July 2019
Do we expect to get £30m+ for him? I wonder who will pay that after seeing again how he and his brother conduct their business.
— Greg Richards (@Made_of_Iron) 3 July 2019
No one can be surprised surely? Just shows the folly of giving him an extra £20-30k a week. He disappeared from January to May and earnt more money for doing so! We should have just got rid when we could. Me thinks we won't even get close to the £30m Newcastle are getting 4 Perez
— Alexander Zaremba (@bluetigercub) 3 July 2019
We gotta stop acting this way when a player makes a clear statement that he is not committed to the club. The first transfer business this pre season should have been selling arnie
— Ben Alvarez Turner (@3enni) 3 July 2019
I admit that i was one of those who wanted him to stay back in january as i believed he still had a lot to offer.But now all i have to say is 'get out of our great club,we want people who are PROUD to wear the claret and blue!
— colin stretton (@colsywolsy1) 3 July 2019
He’s definitely off then that’s good, just a case of getting the right price!
So annoying because both him & Payet were adored & could’ve become club legends with us fans
(legends is a bit strong but I couldn’t think of a better word)
You get the idea
— Ricky Forrest (@rickwhufc) 3 July 2019
Arnautovic’s brother, Danijel, has spoken out against the club saying that the Irons are trying to sell the 30-year-old:
“He’s not a cow or a horse which you bring to market. He’s a highly talented footballer who is simply being used by West Ham. He’s just a number to them.”
“West Ham were trying to get rid of Marko right up until the last minute of the January transfer window and they are still trying to sell him right now. To them he’s just a commodity.”
Considering that they gave the Austrian international a new contract just six months ago, it seems highly unlikely.
A release clause of £40m was reportedly written into the new deal, but that expired last month. However, it seems that West Ham would still be open to selling for that amount following recent events.
The last thing manager Manuel Pellegrini will want is for the situation to overshadow the Hammers’ start to the season so a quick resolution will likely be sought for Arnautovic.