West Ham source dismisses link to global midfielder

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Reports have stated the offer - which, it is understood, would mean Arnautovic earns approximately £40m over his four-year contract, a vast upgrade on his current wage of £90,000 a week - is from reigning champions Shanghai SIPG, although their permitted allocation of three overseas players is filled by former Chelsea midfielder Oscar and his fellow Brazilians Hulk and Elkeson.

"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. He is not for sale".

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini had earlier stated his wish and belief Arnautovic will stay for the rest of the season.

The player's agent and brother Danijel Arnautovic told talkSPORT on Thursday it is his client's "great desire that West Ham accepts the offer from China".

However his agent said: "West Ham bought Marko for peanuts".

Arnautovic has been a key performer under Manuel Pellegrini this season, scoring seven times in 15 Premier League appearances. "He took every award at the club; best player, signing of the season and the players' award", added Danijel Arnautovic.

Meanwhile, West Ham United now find themselves in 10th place in the Premier League table under Manuel Pellegrini. We know that we have a very good player in Marko, a lot of clubs may want him to play for them. This is what he wants.

His agent says the Austria worldwide will continue to give his all to West Ham while he remains contracted to the club, but that he hopes a deal can be reached for a move to China. Until he is no longer a West Ham player, he will give everything to the club.

West Ham host Arsenal on Saturday and Pellegrini has no qualms about playing Arnautovic despite the speculation.

He notched the opening goal in a 2-0 win over Birmingham City in the FA Cup last weekend.

He said: They are rumours. [emz_dj]If Arnie wants to leave then get as much as we can for him and get him out of the club.

Will be hard to replace but i trust Pellegrini to do it. [tomster36]This whole thing about Arnautovic is annoying!

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