Michail Antonio has told Goals on Sunday (broadcast on Sky Sports; 13/1 from 11:30) that he is not sure whether Marko Arnautovic waved goodbye to the West Ham fans during their victory on Saturday, but confirmed that he believes that the Austrian wants to go.
Arnautovic's future has become a major talking point during this window. The Daily Mail reports that the forward has been the subject of a £36 million bid from a Chinese club, while his agent has stated that he wishes to leave the London Stadium.
And there was plenty of discussion on social media as he appeared to wave the supporters goodbye as he was taken off during the Irons' 1-0 win against Arsenal this weekend. And when asked about his teammate's future, Antonio confirmed that he wanted to go but stopped short of saying that that was the last time he will appear in a West Ham shirt.
"I'm not too sure to be honest. The situation's been quite tight-lipped," he told Sky Sports when asked if the striker was saying goodbye. "Obviously, there's interest and everyone knows that Marko wants to go.
"He's a massive player for us. The fans love him. It's just one of those things where in his life right now he feels this is another step for him and I think he's going to probably one of the best clubs over there. He may be able to win some trophies."
While the money on offer could give Manuel Pellegrini's transfer kitty a huge boost, the ideal scenario would surely be for Arnautovic to choose to stay and maintain his current form beyond this window.
But if he is going to go, West Ham would surely prefer for the whole issue to be put to bed as quickly as possible so the Hammers can get on with trying to replace their talisman in the remaining weeks of the window.
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