Irons aiming to keep Arnautovic

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini is eager to keep Marko Arnautovic at the club until at least the end of the season, amid talk of a big-money move to China.

The 29-year-old Austria international forward is reported to be the subject of a major bid from a Chinese club, with the player seemingly keen to explore the option.

However, ahead of a Saturday lunchtime Premier League derby clash with Arsenal, Pellegrini says he expects his player to focus on the job in hand.

He told reporters: "Those are all rumours. We know we have a very good player in Marko, a lot of clubs may want him to play for them. At the moment we have no news about him.

"I don't want to talk about things that might happen. Marko in this moment is a player of our team – players of his quality and other players like Declan Rice, Felipe Anderson, other clubs will want them, but that is one thing. I don't think they will go.

"I want to keep him, of course, but you never know what might happen in the future. Marko and all the other players involved in rumours have their heads here."

Arnautovic's brother and agent, Danijel, had earlier told Talksport: "West Ham bought Marko for peanuts. They paid £20million for him, which is nothing in the current market.

"They bought him to keep them in the Premier League last season and he did that. Now West Ham have a fantastic offer, which is close to double what they paid for him.

"He wants to go to a new market and challenge for titles."

The Hammers are 13/5 to win on Saturday and are 12/1 to do so by a 2-1 scoreline, with Arnautovic 11/8 to score at any time in the game.

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