West Ham reject £19.7m Arnautovic bid
West Ham have rejected a £19.7m bid for Marko Arnautovic from a Chinese Super League club, Sky Sports understands.
It is understood the Hammers regard the bid as ‘insulting’ while it was earlier reported Arnautovic had handed in a transfer request.
The 30-year-old has told the club he is determined to leave east London during this summer’s transfer window.
West Ham’s position on Arnautovic has not changed – he is not for sale and the Hammers expect him to honour the contract extension he signed in January.
West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady is making no promises over Marko Arnautovic’s future at the club, and insists manager Manuel Pellegrini alone will decide whether the forward stays at the London Stadium.
The Austrian attracted interest from two Chinese clubs, believed to be Shanghai SIPG and Guangzhou Evergrande, in January, with West Ham rejecting a £35m bid for him.
Rather than cash in, Manuel Pellegrini agreed to give him a new £100,000-a-week deal, keeping him at the club until 2023.
Arnautovic joined West Ham from Stoke two years ago for £25m and has scored 22 goals in 65 appearances.