Next stop, Chelsea? West Ham star Marko Arnautovic’s brother releases transfer statement

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The rumours started circulating yesterday that the attacking star dubbed "Arnie" could be open to a move away from the Hammers, and his agent and brother Danijel Arnautovic has since added fuel fire to the fire by sending a statement into TalkSPORT.

Arnautovic joined the Hammers from Stoke in a £20 million deal in the summer of 2017 and won the club's player of the year award after scoring 11 goals in his debut season.

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.

It is understood the club, as yet unnamed, will make an improved bid and offer lucrative terms in excess of £200,000-a-week for the Austrian worldwide.

Real Betis are keen to snap the striker, but West Ham are eager to ensure that they are not left short of options in the final third.

"West Ham bought Marko for peanuts", the statement read.

The report details that Wilson is in their sights as a potential replacement and they'd have to pay over £35million for the England internatonal, as he's been earmarked for around the £50million mark.

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Wilson may be the answer to the forward search and he's proving this season he can tear it up in the Premier League. He wants to go to a new market and challenge for titles.

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.

"Until he is no longer a West Ham player, he will give everything to the club".

That might well be the players wish, and knowing the big money that sides in China pay it really isn't too much of a surprise that his agent might want him to go too, but the club are going to dig their heels in. "At the moment we have no news about him", Pellegrini told reporters on Thursday.

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

Marko is professional and is preparing himself for the Arsenal game.

"Marko and the other players involved in the rumours have their heads here, they want to continue the way they're playing". Although after Payet you never know what's round the corner.

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