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West Ham star Marko Arnautovic hands in transfer request as China come calling again

West Ham United star Marko Arnautovic is once again demanding to leave the club for China.

According to a report from Sky Sports, an ‘unnamed Chinese club’ has made an offer for the striker.

It will feel like groundhog day for West Ham fans after the saga which derailed last season just as Manuel Pellegrini had the team motoring.

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Arnie makes desire to leave ‘official’

Sky Sports claims Arnautovic has made his desire to leave official by handing in a transfer request.

Once again, like in January, the club is ‘unnamed’.

Sky Sports claim the Austrian has told the club he is determined to leave the London Stadium this summer.

In January Shanghai SIPG and Guangzhou Evergrande were linked with £35m offers for the forward.

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New deal counted for little

That fell way below West Ham’s £50m asking price and eventually Arnautovic signed a new and improved contract.

But that has counted for little it seems if the reports are to be believed.

Back in January West Ham captain Mark Noble tried to appease angry supporters by explaining that Arnautovic stood to quadruple his £100,000 per wage wages in China (Evening Standard).

No official statement has been released by West Ham at the time of writing.

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Pellegrini facing striker overhaul

It comes as Pellegrini looks to completely overhaul his striker options.

Andy Carroll and Lucas Perez have departed and Javier Hernandez is set to follow.

West Ham have been linked with a host of replacements including Maxi Gomez, Moussa Marega, Salomon Rondon and Aleksandar Mitrovic.

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