West Ham supporters will be left feeling “fed up” by the Marko Arnautovic “soap opera”, Sky Sports News’ Kaveh Solhekol told The Transfer Show.
It comes as both club and player appear at loggerheads over the Austrian’s future after a bid of £19.7m was rejected as ‘insulting’ by an unnamed Chinese side.
Arnautovic has reportedly stated his desire to leave the Hammers this summer with his brother telling Sky Sports the club are using the forward like “a commodity”.
It comes just six months since similar interest from two Chinese clubs, believed to be Shanghai SIPG and Guangzhou Evergrande saw West Ham offer Arnautovic improved terms amid a £35m bid for him.
The 30-year-old duly signed but now appears determined not to honour that contract.
“We’ve been here before and I think a lot of West Ham supporters are getting a bit fed up of the Marko Arnautovic Show,” Solhekol said.
“In January his brother came out saying he wants to leave and move to China with it being his dream to win titles there.
“It ended up with West Ham giving him a contract extension to become one of the best-paid players at the club.
“People were hoping we would not have this soap opera all over again but guess what, we’re back to where we were in January.”
Has Arnautovic handed in a transfer request?
West Ham and Marko Arnautovic not only seem poles apart in their transfer stance but also whether the player has even ‘officially’ handed in a transfer request.
Solhekol added: “What one source has told us, close to Marko Arnautovic, is that he has handed in a transfer request, via email, but as far as West Ham are concerned he has not handed in a formal transfer request.
“However, it’s undeniable he wants to leave West Ham and a lot of fans will be thinking – we don’t want this soap opera, get rid of him, he’s more trouble than he’s worth.
“He’s disturbing the peace in the dressing room, bringing about a lot of headaches – yes he does the business on the pitch but he brings too much trouble off it.
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