Soccer: Arnautovic left out of West Ham squad – reports
(Reuters) – West Ham United forward Marko Arnautovic has been left out of the squad for Saturday’s Premier League trip to Bournemouth, British media reported on Friday.
Soccer Football – Premier League – West Ham United v Arsenal – London Stadium, London, Britain – January 12, 2019 West Ham’s Marko Arnautovic is substituted and applauds to the fans REUTERS/David Klein/Files
Sky sports reported that Chinese Super League club Guangzhou Evergrande have joined the race to sign the 29-year-old Austrian.
West Ham said this month that Arnautovic was not for sale after his brother and agent Danijel said he wanted to sign for a Chinese club who have reportedly tabled a 35 million-pound ($45 million) bid.
West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini said he will have the final say on the potential transfer but the Chilean had not asked the club owners to reject offers for Arnautovic.
“If I say the player must stay, the player will stay,” Pellegrini told reporters.
“I don’t have any problem with the club. They are not forcing me to sell Marko Arnautovic. In all the months I’ve been working here I never had any problems with the owners about that.”
Former Stoke City striker Arnautovic is West Ham’s joint top scorer this season with eight goals in all competitions.
Pellegrini, who spent two years managing Chinese club Hebei China Fortune, said he understood Arnautovic’s desire to move to China due to the high wages on offer.
“If it’s a good deal for both parties we will arrange to be without Marko,” he added.
West Ham, who beat London rival Arsenal last weekend, sit ninth in the league standings.
Reporting by Rohith Nair and Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond
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