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Michail Antonio admits Marko Arnautovic wants out of West Ham

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‘Everyone knows Marko wants to go’: Michail Antonio admits Arnautovic wants out of West Ham and calls on club to sign a goalscorer if he leavesMichail Antonio has admitted Marko Arnautovic wants to leave West HamThe Austrian has told the club of his desire to head to the Chinese Super LeagueAn unnamed Chinese club have offered a £36m fee and £250,000-a-week wageAntonio called on the club to sign a player of adequate quality to replace him 

West Ham winger Michail Antonio has admitted star man Marko Arnautovic wants to leave the club in January amid interest from China.

The imposing Austrian has been at the centre of a major controversy after he told West Ham he wanted to leave English football and head to the Chinese Super League. 

An unnamed Chinese club have approached the Hammers with a bid worth in excess of £36million and Arnautovic has received a contract offer in the region of £250,000 a week. 

West Ham's Michail Antonio has admitted star man Marko Arnautovic wants to leave the club

Arnautovic appeared to wave goodbye to fans after being subbed against Arsenal on Saturday

He also appeared to wave goodbye to the London Stadium when he came off in the 1-0 win over Arsenal on Saturday and Antonio, speaking on Goals on Sunday, has admitted it it just a matter of time before he departs but warned the club must find an adequate replacement.  

Antonio said: ‘It’s been quite tight-lipped, but everyone knows Marko wants to go. 

'He’s massive for the club, I think he’s joint top-goalscorer right now, so he’s a big player for us.

‘We’ve got someone there with experience of playing who scores goals, right now who would we sign to replace him. That’s where the problem lies. Who could we sign? That’s where the problem lies.’

The 29-year-old wants to move to the Chinese Super League this month to challenge for titles

West Ham, for their part, insist Arnautovic will not be sold but are braced for another offer of £40m and the 29-year-old will continue to push for a move. 

Manager Manuel Pellegrini hopes the future of Arnautovic will be resolved in the next few days.

'We will see what happens in the next few days and I hope he will take the best decision,' said Pellegrini after his side's victory. 

'I have been in this position a lot of times in my 30 years but I am calm with nothing 100 per cent sure.'  

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