Marko Arnautovic asks to leave West Ham for China

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Michael Owen is expecting Arsenal to have problems when they take on West Ham United in the Premier League on Saturday lunchtime.

West Ham should be keeping Arnautovic in an ideal world given he's a major presence in attack, but teammates Javier Hernandez, Lucas Perez or Andy Carroll are not putting serious pressure on him for a starting position.

West Ham have insisted Marko Arnautovic is not for sale after his agent claimed the Austrian forward wants to move to China.

The other huge sticking point, however, is that Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez would not sanction the sale of a midfielder, whose value would be in the region of £20million, unless he was able to bring in a suitable replacement.

West Ham are now operating without creative playmakers Manuel Lanzini, Jack Wilshere and Andriy Yarmolenko due to injury, and although Samir Nasri has come in to help in their absence, the Chilean is looking for further signings, not just to add quality to his ranks, but also depth too. "It is his great desire that West Ham accept the offer from China", added Danijel Arnautovic.

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However, the Premier League side are in no mood to lose the 29-year-old, who is the club's joint top-scorer with eight goals this season. "They paid £20m for him, which is nothing in the current market", read the statement.

The north London side are now fifth in the Premier League table after having beaten Blackpool 3-0 in the FA Cup third round last weekend. 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. It is close to double what they paid for him."He wants to go to a new market and challenge for titles. At the moment we have no news about him", Pellegrini told reporters on Thursday.

Will be hard to replace but i trust Pellegrini to do it. [tomster36]This whole thing about Arnautovic is annoying! He will give 100 per cent for West Ham.

"Those are all rumours", Pellegrini said. I don't think they will go. Marko in this moment is a player of our team.

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