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Former Arsenal midfielder and talkSPORT pundit Ray Parlour has savaged Marko Arnautovic for his behaviour throughout the summer transfer window.
Arnautovic is again agitating for a move away from the Hammers, having requested that a bid from a Chinese club worth around £19.7m be accepted earlier this week, per Football FanCast sources.
Football FanCast understands that the club is Shanghai SIPG and a transfer is likely to be completed in the coming days, with an offer of £22.5m being submitted.
But Parlour has been flabbergasted by the Austria international’s conduct, insisting that he will simply disappear from the public consciousness when he moves to China while maintaining that West Ham should sell him as soon as possible.
He said: “I think he’s been a disgrace to be fair, I really do. You look at the situation, last year (January), he wanted to leave, his brother’s coming out with ‘we want to try a new challenge’, it’s all about money.
“He got a new contract, he was happy to sign that to stay at the club, why did he sign the new contract if he wants to leave? Got to the summer, and this stage of the season, and now he wants to leave again. It’s not right, it’s not how to act as a footballer, it really isn’t.”
He added: “If I was in the dressing room, we’d be saying, with other players, ‘get rid of him, we don’t need him, we can get other players in with the money and let’s replace him’ because West Ham is bigger than any player.
“He’ll go to China and you’ll probably never hear of him again. Look at the players who’ve gone to China, Oscar, what’s happened to his career, from Chelsea?”
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This is bang on from Parlour.
FFC sources have said that the Hammers regard Arnautovic as a troublemaker behind the scenes, and the club would be better off moving him on.
Indeed, FFC understands that the club are willing to accept a reduced fee for his services, such is their desperation to shift him.
And that speaks appallingly to the conduct of the former Stoke City forward, who does appear to be out to line his and his brother’s pockets.
He is unlikely to be missed by many at the club; they’d rather have a forward who didn’t ask to leave twice a season.