According to Sky Sports, via The Express, West Ham forward Marko Arnautović is no longer going to Chinese Super League Side Shanghai SIPG.
This has been one of the transfer sagas of the season, with it looking almost certain that the Austrian would be leaving the London Stadium this month for the lucrative move where he would double his wages. The Hammers initially rejected the £35m bid, but it looked as though the second offer was enough for them to accept the striker’s departure.
However, the article says that the Chinese club has turned their attentions to former midfielder and fan-favourite Dimitri Payet. Whether this means that they will give up on Arnautović is yet to be seen, but one thing is for certain- the striker cannot stay at West Ham.
Arnautović has made it clear that he does not want to be at West Ham anymore, and has effectively soured any relationship that he would have with the club. This has culminated in him being dropped for The Hammers’ match against Bournemouth this weekend, as he is clearly not popular under Manuel Pellegrini anymore.
It is amazing how quickly a player can go from being a hero to an enemy, but Arnautović has done a pretty good job at it. For a player that has an infamously bad attitude, it looks like he has burned too many bridges now at West Ham, and if he were to stay it would not be good for the club. No matter where it is, Arnautović must surely go now in January.