Pellegrini: It was not a good idea for Arnautovic to play


West Ham United have identified the man they want to replace Marko Arnautovic with the striker looking ever more likely to move to the Chinese Super League after missing out on the game against Bournemouth.

The Chinese club were ready to offer €35 million for the services of the Austrian and most fans believed that there was no chance that the Hammers were going to reject that bid an offer.

Both sides struggled to hit the target in the first half, but West Ham's Lukasz Fabianski made two superb saves early in the second and moments later striker Andy Carroll, in for Arnautovic, blazed over from close range as the game opened up.

With West Ham attacking and Bournemouth content to play on the counter, Wilson nearly got a second in the 71st minute but this time his first-time shot came off the foot of the far post and rolled to safety.

"I don't think we need to continue talking about players that are not in the squad in this moment", added Pellegrini.

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As a result, Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini has pulled him out of the squad for Saturday's clash at Dean Court. I am not telling the club about it.

Before Arnautovic, Payet was the last man to hold the mantle of talisman in east London and now they could well end up in the same side. If it's a good deal for both parties we will arrange to be without Marko.

West Ham were interested in Gomez in the summer but backed off due to Celta's huge demands and while the Spanish outfit are still holding out for a lofty fee, the Hammers will certainly be able to fund the transfer if they opt to sell Arnautovic.

"If they agree, we don't have any problem to change".

West Ham have won six of their past nine league games, as many victories as in their previous 24 matches.