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Marko Arnautovic saga takes a bitter turn

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While he is set to move to China, it appears that Marko Arnautovic is hell-bent on leaving West Ham on a sour note.

Marko Arnautovic is on the verge of leaving West Ham United for China. Only recently, the Austrian international handed a transfer request after receiving a lucrative offer from an unnamed Chinese club.

Only in January, the former Stoke City man handed a transfer request after a similar approach was made from Asia. At that time, Marko Arnautovic signed a contract extension and stayed. But in a rather bizarre turn of events, the forward has once again decided to leave London Stadium.

This time around though, it appears that the player is no more willing to stay at the club.

And according to Sky Sports employee Kaveh Solhekol, an unnamed person in a senior position at West Ham is eager to see the back of Marko Arnautovic.

“I text a senior source at West Ham saying: ‘Are we okay to report that a deal for Marko Arnautovic to China is close, we’re hearing it will be announced in the next two days?'” Solhekol said on Sky Sports as reported by The Daily Star.

“I sent that text 20 minutes ago and this is the reply I got just now.

“Yes. Terrible deal for us – but manager, staff and players want him out.

“That is from a senior man at West Ham.”

And it appears that Arnautovic’s brother Danijel has made sure that Marko leaves the club while burning all bridges in the process.

“He is not a cow or a horse which you bring to market,” he told Sky Sports.

He is a highly talented footballer who’s simply being used by West Ham. He’s just a number to them.

“West Ham were trying to get rid of Marko right up until the last minute of the January transfer window and they are still trying to sell him right now.

“West Ham are still speaking to the Chinese club.

“He is still for sale and it is simply a case of how much money West Ham can get for him.”

Regardless of what happens, feeling is that many players and members of the coaching staff would be glad to see Marko Arnautovic leave for good this time around.