West Ham winger Michail Antonio has admitted his club will have a problem if Marko Arnautovic leaves this month.
The Austrian forward was the subject of a £40 million bid from an unnamed Chinese club this week, a bid West Ham immediately rejected. However, the players brother Danijel, who also acts as his agent, has made public the 29-year-old’s desire to move to the Far East.
Antonio has spoken honestly about the issue and also feels West Ham will struggle to replace the talented attacker.
“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.’’ Antonio told Goals on Sunday.
“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 West Ham striker has scored 18 Premier League goals for the club since joining in a £20 million move from Stoke in the summer of 2017 and has been a key player for Manuel Pellegrini’s side this season.
He was subbed after 71 minutes of The Hammer’s win over Arsenal on Saturday and appeared to wave goodbye to the home fans as he left the field.