Marko Arnautovic: West Ham losing patience with striker after latest criticism

West Ham forward Marko Arnautovic
Image: Marko Arnautovic wants to leave West Ham this summer

West Ham are running out of patience with Marko Arnautovic after his brother accused the club of treating the player like a "commodity", Sky Sports News understands.

The club were surprised by comments made exclusively to Sky Sports News by Arnautovic's brother, Danijel, in which he claimed West Ham were "using" the player.

"He's not a cow or a horse which you bring to market," he told Sky Sports News. "He's a highly talented footballer who is simply being used by West Ham. He's just a number to them.

"West Ham were trying to get rid of Marko right up until the last minute of the January transfer window and they are still trying to sell him right now. To them he's just a commodity.

"West Ham are still speaking to the Chinese club. He is still for sale and it's simply a case of how much money West Ham can get for him."

Arnautovic signed a contract extension in January which saw his wages rise by 20 per cent to £120,000 a week.

That deal had a £40m release clause which expired on June 14, and was not activated by any club.

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But Arnautovic, 30, is determined to leave east London during this summer's transfer window.

Sky Sports News was told on Tuesday that Arnautovic had handed in a transfer request, but sources at the club say they have not received a formal transfer request.

West Ham have already rejected a £19.7m bid for Arnautovic from a Chinese Super League club, Sky Sports understands - a bid the club found 'insulting'.

A sell-on clause means Arnautovic's former club, Stoke, will be due 20 per cent of any fee above £20m.

He is due to return to training with rest of squad in Switzerland on Monday.

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