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West Ham transfer news: 'He's ending his career' - Damning verdict after transfer row

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That is the damning view of former West Ham midfielder Gary O’Neil in the wake of Thursday’s row between the forward’s representative and the Hammers.

Arnautovic is the subject of transfer interest from an unnamed Chinese Super League club, rumoured to be Shanghai SIPG, this month.

And West Ham have already knocked back a £35m offer for the 29-year-old former Stoke striker.

O’Neil, who spent two-and-a-half years with West Ham, offered his take on the potential transfer.

And he has warned Arnautovic against quitting the Premier League to head for the Far East.

"It’s like what happened with [Dimitri] Payet, Arnautovic will have all the power in this situation," O’Neil told talkSPORT 2.

"But if he goes to China he’s ending his career competitively.”

Arnautovic’s brother Danijel, who represents him, reacted to Shanghai SIPG's rejected bid by fuming on Thursday.

"West Ham bought Marko for peanuts. They paid £20m for him, which is nothing in the current market," read Danijel’s statement, which he gave to talkSPORT.

"They bought him to keep them in the Premier League last season and he did that.

"He took every award at the club; best player, signing of the season and the players’ award.

"Now West Ham have a fantastic offer. It is close to double what they paid for him.

"He wants to go to a new market and challenge for titles. This is what he wants.

"It is his great desire that West Ham accept the offer from China.

"He knows the West Ham fans love him and he has a special connection with them, but things move on, this is the world of sport, and he hopes they can understand.

"Marko is professional and is preparing himself for the Arsenal game.

"He will give 100 per cent for West Ham. That is Marko. He will never change.

"Until he is no longer a West Ham player, he will give everything to the club. He hopes the fans can respect his wishes."

Danijel’s comments prompted West Ham to make a terse statement, making clear their unwillingness to do business.

"Marko Arnautovic has a contract and we fully expect him to honour it," it read.

Shanghai SIPG may return with a fresh offer for Arnautovic, who has also been linked with Chelsea.

And West Ham might have a fight on their hands to keep hold of him with three weeks of the transfer window to go.

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