West Ham legend Alvin Martin has a strong message for Marko Arnautovic

KENNY BROWN OF WEST HAM IS CONGRATULATED BY HIS TEAM MATE ALVIN MARTIN AFTER SCORING THE SECOND GOAL DURING THE WYCOMBE WANDERERS V WEST HAM UNITED FA CUP THIRD ROUND MATCH AT WYCOMBE....

The West Ham United forward has been linked with a January exit.

Marko Arnautovic of West Ham United during Training at Rush Green on January 10, 2019 in Romford, England.

West Ham legend Alvin Martin weighed into the Marko Arnautovic debate yesterday, when speaking exclusively to talkSPORT, suggesting that he hopes the Austrian sees the light, and goes on to become a cult hero at the London Stadium.

The 29-year-old joined the Hammers from Stoke City in the summer of 2017, for around £20 million, and he has gone on to rack up 19 goals and 10 assists in 52 appearances in all competitions for the east London outfit.

 

Arnautovic's future with West Ham is unclear, however, amid rumours linking him with a £35 million switch to an unnamed Chinese club.

The Austria international's agent and brother dropped the bombshell yesterday that his client is ready to leave the Hammers, but the east Londoners fired straight back, insisting that he is not for sale.

And now Martin, who made 599 appearances for West Ham, urged Arnie to stay at the London Stadium, when speaking exclusively to talkSPORT:

Marko Arnautovic of West Ham United argues with Manuel Pellegrini, Manager of West Ham United after being substitute during the FA Cup Third Round match between West Ham United and...

"I hope he'll see the light. I think they're very similar. He's a leader, he's got charisma, he's a personality that the fans adore. Di Canio walks back into West Ham and he is given such a welcome. That's a big thing for a player and it's something you should think about. He [Arnautovic] is someone who loves being loved. He loves being the main man and that's what he is at West Ham."

There are three weeks left until the transfer window slams shut, so a lot can still happen, but West Ham hold all of the cards.

Arnautovic is under contract with the Hammers until the summer of 2022, so if David Gold and David Sullivan want to keep the 29-year-old, that's exactly what they will do.

Marko Arnautovic of West Ham United reacts after being substituted during the FA Cup Third Round match between West Ham United and Birmingham City at The London Stadium on January 5, 2019...

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