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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West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini insists reports linking Marko Arnautovic with a £35m transfer to China are false

The Austrian forward’s future at West Ham has been under scrutiny recently after his agent and brother, Danijel, revealed that a move to a top team could happen.

At 29 years old, Arnautovic is at the peak of his abilities and has reportedly captured the interest of Manchester United after scoring seven times in his opening 15 Premier League games this season.

But reports broke out this week claiming that a £35m offer from an unnamed Chinese Super League side had been rejected by West Ham.

“They are rumours,” said Pellegrini, according to London Football.

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“We know Marko is a very good player so maybe a lot of clubs will want him to play for their team, but at the moment he is a West Ham player and we want to keep him.

“I think Marko and all the other players involved in rumours have their heads here and want to continue playing the way they are doing so far.

“I am sure his head will be in the game against Arsenal and it will not affect his performance.”

West Ham will host Arsenal at the London Stadium this Saturday in a Premier League match.

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