Peter Crouch comments on West Ham United ace Marko Arnautovic

Peter Crouch of Stoke City celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 1-1 during the FA Cup Third Round match between Shrewsbury Town and Stoke City at New Meadow on January 5, 2019 in...

Peter Crouch played with West Ham United star Marko Arnautovic at Stoke City.

Marko Arnautovic of West Ham United waves as he leaves the pitch after being substituted during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal FC at London Stadium on January...

Stoke City striker Peter Crouch has revealed to The Daily Mail what West Ham United star Marko Arnautovic suggested to him a couple of years ago that he would be interested to going to China.

Arnautovic’s brother, Danijel Arnautovic, has told talkSPORT that the Austria international wants to leave West Ham in the January transfer window and move to China.

The 29-year-old, who can operate as a forward or as a winger, joined the Hammers from Stoke in the summer of 2017.

 

Crouch played with the Australia international at Stoke, and the striker has suggested that Arnautovic did show interest in going to China.

“The interest in him from the Chinese Super League, however, does not surprise me,” Crouch wrote in The Daily Mail about Arnautovic.

“I remember talking to him about it a couple of years ago when their clubs started buying players such as Oscar and Ramires from Chelsea. China was definitely on his radar.”

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...

Leaving West Ham United

If Arnautovic wants to leave West Ham in the January transfer window, then the London club should let him go, provided they get a good transfer fee.

It does not make much sense for manager Manuel Pellegrini to have a player in his squad who does not want to be there.

The sensible option for West Ham will be to sell Arnautovic for a sizeable transfer fee and use that money to invest in the squad in the summer of 2019.

Peter Crouch of Stoke City celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 1-1 during the FA Cup Third Round match between Shrewsbury Town and Stoke City at New Meadow on January 5, 2019 in...

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