West Ham United has outlasted Marko Arnautovic‘s desire to leave the club during this transfer window.
At least for now.
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The 29-year-old has been unsettled at West Ham for some time, with his brother/agent angling for a UEFA Champions League move as far back as November.
And Arnautovic’s head was turned to the Chinese Super League with reports of a $360,000-per-week salary offer. A bid of $45 million materialized, but West Ham wanted closer to $60 million for its $25 million purchase from Stoke City.
For what it’s worth, West Ham has insisted that “Arnie” is not for sale. And the price tag has not been met anyway.
Arnautovic has scored seven times in 16 Premier League matches, adding another goal during an FA Cup cameo. He has 40 goals and 35 assists in six Premier League seasons.