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Premier League legend Robbie Fowler has delivered his verdict on the future of ‘wantaway’ West Ham United star Marko Arnautovic.

According to the likes of The Guardian, Arnautovic wants to leave West Ham to join a club competing in the Champions League.

The Hammers talisman has been linked with the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Inter Milan.

Arnautovic’s form for West Ham in 2018 puts him up there with the best in the league.

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Arnie tight lipped but Fowler not so sure

Manuel Pellegrini, and indeed West Ham fans, will be hoping they can keep their star man.

Speculation has suggested the Austrian could be willing to stay if West Ham pay him £200,000 per week.

Arnautovic was staying tight-lipped over the speculation when questioned after Austria’s win over Northern Ireland at the weekend (Sky Sports).

Now Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler has delivered his verdict on the striker’s future when discussing the Hammers on Sky Sports’ The Debate.

“It’s hard to keep him if he doesn’t want to be there,” Fowler said on The Debate.

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‘It’s horrible but that’s the way football is’

“He’s coming out and saying it’s up to his agent. He could have come out and quashed it straight away by just saying ‘I’m not interested’ or you know ‘I’m happy at West Ham’.

“Nowadays players have a lot more power. I think Arnautovic is a real top, top player, I think there will be a few clubs wanting to come in for him. He’s a game winner, he scores goals. I like him as a centre forward, scores goals with both feet, he’s a big strong lad, he can hold the ball up, bring other players into play and I wouldn’t be surprised if one of the top six clubs come in for him.

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‘Is he going to win stuff at West Ham? Probably not’

“I could see him at a Manchester United or a Chelsea. It’s horrible because we’re talking about a player who is contracted to West Ham and we shouldn’t do that but it’s the way it is with football at the minute.

“Maybe now (aged 29) is the right time for him to think ‘I might go to a better club’ because I’m sure he’s on a lot of money at West Ham, I’m sure he is.

“Now the fact is he’s probably at that age now where he wants to win stuff. And is he going to win stuff at West Ham? He’s probably not. He’s got more of a chance of winning stuff at one of the top clubs hasn’t he.”

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