West Ham United are facing a battle to keep one of their star performers, as Marko Arnautovic is attracting interest during the January transfer window.

The Austrian international is interested in a move to the Chinese Super League, where a lucrative deal would await the Hammers forward.

One name linked with West Ham to replace Arnautovic is Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson, however those claims have been rubbished by Manuel Pellegrini.

“He’s a very good striker but the rumours we want him are not true,” Pellegrini commented, as reported by Sky Sports.

“We have our players. We have Javier Hernandez, we have Lucas Perez, we have Andy Carroll, we have Marko Arnautovic in our squad. I’m happy with all these players.

“If we don’t have Arnautovic? Things can happen, when they happen we’ll see.”

Pellegrini faces competition from Guangzhou Evergrande and Shanghai SIPG to keep his star man at West Ham, who has netted nine times in his 23 appearances this season.

Arnautovic is just two goals away from his tally from his debut season at the Hammers, however it is likely he will be departing the London Stadium.

While Wilson is not a target for West Ham boss Pellegrini, the 26-year-old would be a great replacement given his current form.

The Bournemouth forward has 11 goals to his name in 24 appearances this campaign, and has been linked with a move to Chelsea during the January transfer window.

Reports have suggested Celta Vigo’s Maxi Gomez may be a potential replacement for Arnautovic though, however West Ham will be hoping the Austrian international remains with the club.


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