Marko Arnautovic commits to Hammers


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Marko Arnautovic was heavily linked with a move away from West Ham this month but he has ended speculation over his future by penning a new contract.

The Austria international has been one of West Ham’s star men this season and his exploits led to interest from China. He was understood to have been the subject of a £35million bid from a Chinese club with wages of around £200,000 on offer.

Arnautovic hinted that he was no longer interested in leaving West Ham on Friday and he has now gone a step further by penning fresh terms. West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini omitted Arnautovic from his squad for the 4-2 FA Cup loss to AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.

Pellegrini will be hoping the new deal helps the former Stoke man to settle down again after a turbulent few weeks. Arnautovic said in a statement released by West Ham: “I want to say to the fans that I’m happy to stay.

“I’m glad to play again, show myself and score goals, to make assists, but also to say that the major point is Marko Arnautovic never refused [to play or train]. I would never refuse.”

He added: “The fans gave me the power, they gave me the energy and that’s why I have to be here and that’s why I want to stay. I never wanted to run away because I hate this club, this was never my intention.”

West Ham return to Premier League action on Tuesday and can be backed at 3.75 to win at Molineux when they face Wolves, who are priced at 2.05 to come out on top, while the draw is available at 3.40.

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