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Hammers make mind up on Arnie departure

Marko Arnautovic’s hopes of leaving West Ham in the January window for China appeared to be fading this morning.

The club is digging its heels in on the basis of the latest information received from ClaretandHugh’s insiders.

And it seems that even were the Chinese club – believed to be Shanghai – to up their offer of €35 million, or another club were to come in, – there is little chance of the Irons sanctioning the move.

With top striker targets unavailable at this time of the year and the money on offer being seen as miserly for such a quality player, the Hammers are in no mood to be held to ransom.

Commenting on the current situation to CandH this morning a top London Stadium source told us by e-mail: “Hers got 3.5 years left on his contract, plus years option.

He’ll NOT be sold in this window given all the circumstances.”

In response to our question on whether he will be offered a new deal to counter the Chinese interest our source said: “That will be reviewed in the summer.”

Obviously were the Chinese to up there offer by a CONSIDERABLE amount it could cause a rethink but it seems the club has made its mind up for now.

And it suggests that Manuel Pellegrini – with whom the decision laid according to our insiders – has decided the striker has to stay until the end of the season.

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7 comments on “Hammers make mind up on Arnie departure

  1. So , if his heart isn’t in it do we leave him on the bench ? . He didn’t look too interested against Arsenal . If he carries on with that disinterested attitude what happens ?
    He should come clean and try to explain himself ,, he owes that to the fans who pay hard earned money to watch him play .

  2. Get the polish lad in and maxi gomez what a front line

  3. Agree on the price though he is worth a lot more than 35 or 45 million euro

  4. Wel! That’s fine and like Kevini. Says if he had got the hump stick him in the reserves till he sorts himself out ,I just hope they don’t sell him with only a few days left in the window so we can’t get a replacement..stand up to these overt privileged players for God’s sake …it’s the wrong time of year to break a decent squad up

  5. We should let Arnie go as soon as possible because the longer he stays the more it will affect team morale. It has been proved we have a bigger win percentage without him anyway. We have won more games when he’s not playing than when he is playing, so I’m not as concerned about losing him than I would have been a year ago. We have a bigger better squad now and I think we can cope without him until we get a new striker in as a replacement. I agree with targeting up and coming highly promising strikers. That gives us the rest of this season to work with them and see what they’re made of. See if they can cut it in the premier league while we are safe from relegation and before the summer transfer window kicks in in case they can’t.

  6. Even though the club is maintaining it’s not for sale stance, I think most people believe this is just a bluff in order to force the sale price upwards and that once the valuation is met, the player will be sold.

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