Wednesday 19 June 2019

Arnautovic move hinges on replacement search

West Ham's Marko Arnautovic. Photo: PA
West Ham's Marko Arnautovic. Photo: PA

West Ham United will let Marko Arnautovic leave the club and move to China for €40 million (£35.2m) if they can sign a replacement before the January transfer window closes.

The final decision over whether Arnautovic stays or goes now rests with Manuel Pellegrini and it is significant that the West Ham manager has left the striker out of his squad to face Bournemouth today.

It is understood that Pellegrini decided that Arnautovic was not in the right state of mind to be included, with sources suggesting the 29-year-old has now played his last game for West Ham.

Last week the Premier League club issued a statement in response to Arnautovic's brother and agent Danijel going public with the Austrian international's desire to leave after West Ham received a bid from the Chinese Super League club, Shanghai SIPG.

Officially, West Ham insist Arnautovic will not leave and has three more years left on his contract after this season.

However, it is understood they will let him go if they can find a suitable replacement with the money they will receive. That is proving problematic in an inflated market with their number one target believed to be Callum Wilson.

Elsewhere, the Borussia Dortmund U-23s coach, Jan Siewert, is in talks with Huddersfield over their vacant manager's job and a decision is expected in time for a new man to be in charge following tomorrow's game with Manchester City.

Siewert was reported in Germany to be close to taking the job and it is understood that his representative is in contact with Dean Hoyle, the Huddersfield chairman. However, the club are understood to have a number of options beyond Siewert, who is their first choice.

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