Sky Sports claims that West Ham United forward, Marko Arnautovic has handed in a transfer request for a second time while at West Ham United.
The Austrian was a subject of interest from Chinese Super League outfit, Shanghai SIPG back in January. The Hammers had received a £35m offer which Arnautovic and his representatives wanted the Premier League club to accept.
He pushed for the transfer by expressing his desire to leave for the first time. When West Ham denied the offer, he signed a contract extension of unspecified length and yet, six short months later, here we are – back at the same spot. Arnautovic has demanded once again to be allowed to leave the London Stadium.
He signed with the Irons in the summer of 2017 after Stoke City got relegated to the Championship. The striker has so far registered 22 goals and 12 assists in 65 games for West Ham.
Now 30, it is unlikely that he will settle for a second-string role at one of the top tier clubs like Manchester United. Previous reports suggest that Inter Milan, Fiorentina and AS Roma were interested but Arnautovic might just prefer a huge salary package promised by one of the clubs from the Far East.
Former Newcastle United boss, Rafael Benitez has just been named Dalian Yifang’s new coach and Arnautovic could very well team up with another Premier League ace in China next season.
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