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Reports: West Ham receives sizable bid for Arnautovic from China

West Ham United v Birmingham City - Emirates FA Cup Third Round

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 05: Marko Arnautovic of West Ham United argues with Manuel Pellegrini, Manager of West Ham United after being substitute during the FA Cup Third Round match between West Ham United and Birmingham City at The London Stadium on January 5, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)

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According to a number of reports in England, including the BBC, West Ham has a sizable offer in hand from a Chinese club for playmaker Marko Arnautovic, and while the club reportedly has “no desire to sell,” it could be difficult to keep Arnautovic focused on the Premier League with such a giant offer on his plate.

Arnautovic has been linked with top Premier League clubs over the past few years, even dating back to his time at Stoke City before moving to West Ham in the summer of 2017, but this $45 million offer from an unnamed Chinese club could at the very least set the market for the 29-year-old Austrian.

While this was not featured in the BBC report, Sky Sports quoted someone at West Ham on the record saying "£35m would be nowhere near enough for such a key player.”

The wages are likely what would turn Arnautovic’s head, and while the top reports on the situation did not mention what the Chinese club could offer, talkSport’s Lee Clayton says the wages presented in the offer are “amazing” and insinuates that Arnautovic could potentially force his way out.

Arnautovic has seven goals in 15 Premier League appearances this season, following up a full campaign with 11 goals for West Ham in 31 appearances last time around.

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