West Ham have received a £35million bid from a Chinese Super League club for Marko Arnautovic.
The Austria international was bought for £24million by Slaven Bilic 18 months ago and, after a difficult start, has achieved talismanic status at the London Stadium.
Jose Mourinho reportedly identified the 29-year-old as a potential target in the summer as he sought back-up for Romelu Lukaku, while Chelsea are said to be considering the former Stoke forward as a potential alternative to Gonzalo Higuain.
The unnamed Chinese club are said to have offered Arnautovic a dizzying salary but, according to talkSPORT, West Ham are determined to keep hold of their prize asset in the January window.
Despite have been restricted to 17 appearances in all competitions this season due to injuries, Arnautovic has scored eight goals in all competitions including three in his last two matches.
Speaking about his future in November, Arnautovic said: ‘I’m 29, so that’s the best age.
‘It’s clear that I want to compete with the best players. But in this affair I totally trust my brother.’
Arnautovic is represented by his brother, Danijel, who believes he is ready to take the next step in his career and play for a club who challenge higher up the league table.
‘He’s already playing in the Premier League and that’s where the best players are. But for a player like Marko this cannot be the end,’ said his brother.
‘He’s a big part of West Ham’s team but I think it’s possible to tease out more of him. For that to happen, he has to play for a top team. Marko is ready for the next step. A player like him should not play against relegation. He should play for the international spots.’
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Originally Authored By: Metro Sport Reporter