Dion Dublin has fired a warning to West Ham United over the future of Marko Arnautovic and the club itself.
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.
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.
West Ham owners at a crossroads warns Dublin
Arnautovic was staying tight-lipped over the speculation when questioned after Austria’s win over Northern Ireland at the weekend (Sky Sports).
Premier League legend turned pundit Dion Dublin had strong opinions on the situation when appearing as a guest on Sky Sports’ The Debate.
And he warned owners David Sullivan and David Gold they are at a crossroads in West Ham’s future.
‘West Ham could have some side’
“I’m not going to say West Ham are known for it because there are a few clubs that are known for it but unfortunately when you’ve got a player that stands out in your side they end up getting poached by somebody else that’s bigger and can afford to pay him the wages he thinks he should be on,” Dublin told The Debate.
“West Ham are very lucky to have a player like him, but they’ve got to be very careful, it happened with (Dimitri) Payet as well in a very similar situation where you have a world class player and you’ve got to be careful not to keep selling them, keep selling them.
“Hard if you can’t afford to keep them. But if you keep selling them, the very best players, it’s really hard to attract players in.
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“If he was to stay at West Ham and they were able to spend let’s say another £50 million or £100 million on two or three players, they’d have a (very) good side.
“I think that’s what they’ve (Sullivan and Gold) to think. ‘How can we keep him, what can we do to keep him’. If he wants to leave then it’s different. But I think if you can get two or three players of that (similar) quality (it will persuade him to stay) and West Ham would have some side.”