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Paul Merson claims Marko Arnautovic's brother doesn't know what the trophies in China are called

Ex footballer Paul Merson enjoying  day two of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 11, 2015 in Cheltenham, England.

West Ham forward Marko Arnautovic is reportedly interested in joining an unnamed Chinese club this month.

Marko Arnautovic of West Ham United in action with Matteo Guendouzi of Arsenal during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal FC at London Stadium on January 12, 2019...

Paul Merson has hilariously claimed that Marko Arnautovic's brother doesn't know the names of the trophies in China following comments about the West Ham forwards potential departure. 

As reported by The Guardian, Arnautovic wants his current club to accept a £35 million bid from an unnamed Chinese club, with his brother and agent claiming that he wants to 'challenge for titles'. 

The speculation surrounding Arnautovic baffled former Arsenal midfielder Merson who issued a funny response in regards to the player's agent and brother. 

“If his agent had come out and said that’s a lorry load of money, we cannot turn that down then I think people will understand that," Merson told Soccer Saturday on 12/01/2019 at 12:10 pm.


“Don’t say trophies. I mean if you said to his brother, ‘what are the trophies over there?’ ‘What are the cups called?’ He wouldn’t know."

“Chinese cup,” presenter Jeff Stelling responded.

“It’s got a name, it must a have sponsor surely, you cannot be giving 250k-a-week and not have a sponsor,” laughed Merson.

Manuel Pellegrini's side secured a deserved 1-0 win over Arsenal on Saturday, with Arnautovic starting the clash at the London Stadium.

The Austria international was substituted midway through the second half and he waved to his home supporters as he left the field of play.

Marko Arnautovic of West Ham United waves to the fans as he is substituted during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal FC at London Stadium on January 12, 2019 in...

Over the course of the season, Arnautovic has played 18 games in all competitions for the London club, scoring eight goals and supplying two assists. 

Seven of his goals have come in the Premier League as West Ham sit in the top 10 and are still in the FA Cup - they face AFC Wimbledon in the fourth round. 

There have been a number of big-name players that have plied their trade in China in recent years from former Manchester United forward Carlos Teves to former Chelsea midfielder Oscar. 

Alexandre Pato #10 of Tianjin Quanjian and Carlos Tevez #32 of Shanghai Shenhua compete for the ball during the 17th round match of 2017 Chinese Football Association Super League (CSL)...

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