West Ham striker Marko Arnautovic’s hopes of leaving the club in January have been dented, according to the latest reports.
The Daily Mail claims that Guangzhou Evergrande have dropped out of the race to sign Arnautovic.
After having a rethink, Guangzhou Evergrande have decided against plotting a move for Arnautovic, who has made it clear he wants a move to China.
The Austrian striker was set to earn £280,000-per-week in the Chinese Super League if he completed a reported £45m transfer.
But this move has collapsed and Arnautovic’s future is unclear now.
Marko Arnautovic at West Ham
West Ham took a chance on maverick talent Arnautovic by spending big money to land him from Stoke City.
The 29-year-old had a slow start to life in East London, receiving a red card in a loss against Southampton in just his second game.
But under David Moyes, Arnautovic was given a new striker role and he scored 11 goals to lead West Ham to safety.
This season, he already has eight goals to his name, including seven in the Premier League.
Marko Arnautovic wants the move
Shortly after the China rumours emerged, Arnautovic was selected to face Arsenal as West Ham picked up a 1-0 win.
But in yesterday’s defeat at Bournemouth, the Austria international did not travel with the squad.
When quizzed about Arnautovic’s absence, Pellegrini said (quotes from BBC Sport): “Marko has his head on another issue so it wasn’t a good idea for him to play.”
With his head seemingly turned by China’s riches, but the Chinese Super League clubs cooling their interest in him, Arnautovic’s future is up in the air.