West Ham & Marko Arnautovic
Marko Arnautovic is currently back in Vienna, Austria.
Following West Ham’s 1-0 win over Arsenal on Saturday in the Premier League, the striker flew back to his homeland.
Arnautovic is only expected to be back at West Ham on Tuesday.
But will the Austrian ever play for the Hammers again?
Last week reports broke that Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG are trying to sign Arnautovic.
Those reports have intensified on Monday.
Shanghai SIPG’s latest Arnautovic bid revealed
West Ham were offered around 38 million pounds for Arnautovic from Shanghai SIPG last week.
But according to the Times today, the Chinese outfit have now significantly upped their bid:
Marko Arnautovic will be the subject of a new bid of around £45 million from Shanghai SIPG which will test the resolve of West Ham United to keep the striker.
West Ham have so far been insistent that the player, who cost what was at the time a club record £20 million fee when arriving from Stoke City in 2017, will not be allowed to leave in the January transfer window.
Stoke’s Arnautovic windfall
It’s been a difficult few weeks for Stoke City.
Stoke sacked Gary Rowett, before pinching Luton Town’s gaffer Nathan Jones.
However, in good news for the Potters, the Times have revealed that they are set for a windfall regarding Arnautovic.
It’s believed that Stoke are owed 20% of any sell-on profit which West Ham make on the Austrian.
‘Arnautovic wants to leave’
If any West Ham fans were still wondering where Arnautovic’s head is at regarding his Hammers future, Michail Antonio revealed all on Sunday.
While appearing on the Goals on Sunday show on Sky Sports, Antonio confirmed that Arnautovic wants to leave the Irons.
"It's been quite tight-lipped, but everyone knows Marko wants to go."
Michail Antonio told Goals on Sunday West Ham team-mate Marko Arnautovic wants to be allowed to move to China – but he doesn't know how they will be able to replace him.
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) January 13, 2019