West Ham’s line on Arnautovic transfer saga
Over the past few weeks, West Ham striker Marko Arnautovic has faced an uncertain future with the London based club.
The forward was subbed off in the 71st minute as West Ham beat Arsenal and appeared to be waving goodbye to the West Ham fans.
This was because it looked as though Arnautovic was going to leave West Ham for a China-based club.
Marko Arnautovic appeared to wave goodbye to the West Ham fans when he was substituted in their Premier League win against Arsenal. The Hammers rejected an offer of £35million from an unnamed Chinese Super League side for the Austria international, w.. https://t.co/TV6BUXRT8P
— Full Time (@fulltimewh) January 12, 2019
However, Sky Sports News, on Sunday, reported that the Austrian looks set to stay at West Ham after no club was able to meet the Hammers valuation of Arnautovic.
Marko Arnautovic is expected stay at West Ham after his suitors from the Chinese Super League failed to meet the Premier League club’s valuation of the striker.https://t.co/FKh9HKrlfC pic.twitter.com/Az5GjzIETV
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) January 20, 2019
Now, on Monday the 21st, the Evening Standard are reporting that West Ham are willing to let Arnautovic go but only in the summer window.
— Tom Collomosse (@TomCStandard) 21 January 2019
Will Arnautovic start for West Ham?
The question now is, will Arnautovic be willing to play for West Ham for the remainder of the season?
Arnautovic has been a key member of the Hammers squad for the last two seasons and this season he has scored seven and assisted two in 16 league games.
The striker is also West Ham’s joint top scorer across all competitions, along with Felipe Anderson.
West Ham’s next game is vs AFC Wimbledon in the FA Cup 4th round this coming Saturday.
Arnautovic would probably not have started anyway as West Ham may have wanted to rest him against weaker opposition.
However, it will be interesting to see if Arnautovic starts vs Wolves in the league on Tuesday the 29th.