Marko Arnautovic delivers West Ham transfer bombshell

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However the Hammers are now in a fight with the Chinese Super League for their second top scorer this season with a bid of £35 million tabled for the striker, from an unnamed team from the far east.

However, the Premier League side are in no mood to lose the 29-year-old, who is the club's joint top-scorer with eight goals this season.

West Ham bought Marko for peanuts.

Shanghai SIPG are the side said to be interested and have reportedly offered a wage packet of £200,000 per week over a four-year deal.

While West Ham would certainly have the funds available to sign a replacement during this window, recruiting prolific strikers can be very hard mid-season. "He took every award at the club; best player, signing of the season and the players" award.

It was believed that West Ham were ready to offer the Catalans giants £20 million for the services of the Spain global, but a source inside the London Stadium poured scorn on that notion. "They paid £20m for him, which is nothing in the current market", he said. He wants to go to a new market and challenge for titles.

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"Those are all rumours".

"I think they can expect a lot from him because he is a top player, the way he continues having some minutes, and is used to playing 90 minutes, he will be a top player in this club", added Pellegrini. "At the moment we have no news about him", Pellegrini told reporters on Thursday.

"I'm sure things like that are parallel to performance and he'll have his head in the game against Arsenal (Saturday 12.30pm)". Marko in this moment is a player of our team.

"I want to keep him, of course, but you never know what might happen in the future".

"He knows the West Ham fans love him and he has a special connection with them, but things move on, this is the world of sport, and he hopes they can understand".

The Blues are said to be in the hunt for AC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain and Bournemouth forward Callum Wilson as they look to replace the misfiring Alvaro Morata but former midfielder Steve Sidwell believes Arnautovic could serve as a more cost-effective option for the club.

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