Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp has urged West Ham United to seriously consider cashing in on striker Marko Arnautovic in January.
Redknapp believes that with the money on offer for Arnautovic and his age, the club should reconsider their stance on selling the player.
Arnautovic has been linked with a big money move to the Chinese League in January, and he waved goodbye when he was substituted in West Ham’s 1-0 home win against Arsenal, fuelling speculations he’s played his last match for the club.
“It’s hugely difficult (for the club). It’s difficult for the player too,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.
“I’ve always heard he wants to play for a top-six club but the truth is, he wants to go to China. If you’re going there, you’re going there for the money – it’s a fact.
“If someone’s offering you £300,000 a week, it’s hard to turn down. I get that if you’re that way inclined. But for me, it’s a difficult one.
“West Ham want to keep him, but if you’re going to get £40m for him, and he’s 29 – nearly 30 – you have to look at it because the last thing you want is unhappy players.
“They had that a few years ago with Dimitri Payet and it doesn’t help the dressing room. You can’t afford to pay £300,000 a week, he’s not worth it, so I understand the position.
“If you say to him, ‘Stay until the end of January, get me goals and then I’ll sell you,’ that might be the ideal situation but to replace him is not easy.
“You want to keep him, of course, you do, but West Ham will survive with or without him. You had it when Payet left, they’ve done it before.
“There’s always someone else who will come along, but you don’t want to be held to ransom by his brother – he needs to keep his mouth shut really.”