Is THIS real reason Marko Arnautovic didn't play for West Ham? New transfer theory emerges

Is THIS real reason Marko Arnautovic didn't play for West Ham? New transfer theory emerges Featured

By / Premier League / Sunday, 20 January 2019 11:39

Manuel Pellegrini has left the striker out of the squad to face Bournemouth after he said he wanted to leave the club.

Former West Ham boss Redknapp revealed on BT Sport that he's heard that the real story is far more serious.

The I'm A Celebrity king has been told Arnautovic has actually REFUSED to travel to play for the club that pay him £100,000-a-week.
But Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth believes he might not have played in case he picked up an injury that KO'd his move to China - and that West Ham may be ready to let him go.
"You just get the impression the stance is softening at West Ham," Sheth told the Transfer Talk podcast.

When the bid of £35million was first rejected from Shanghai SIPG, they were quite bullish West Ham publicly saying he's not for sale, he's our player.

"Now, it's 'look he's training as usual but let's just see what happens'. It's those kind of phrases but this, that and the other.

"Now you hear the owners will not say it publicly - but we've been told that the owners are now looking to say 'Arnautovic can leave'.
"They are leaving the final decision to Manuel Pellegrini and it's thought that he doesn't want him part of the matchday squad - even though he's training fine and is not causing any trouble.

"Is his head right or are they on the verge of accepting an offer and don't want to risk the deal in case he gets injured?

"Arnautovic wants to go to China, he's 29 years old and it's the last massive contract he will get as a footballer."

The Hammers had said for days Pellegrini would have the final say on whether Arnautovic, 29, could join Shanghai SIPG this month.

The manager signalled he would have no problem with the wantaway Austrian going, as long as any deal was done as quickly as possible.



Cholo Radjavi

Cholo Radjavi

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