The 29-year-old 77-times capped Austria international quickly became a crowd favourite at the London Stadium with his 11 goals contributing greatly to the Hammers successful fight against relegation.
Despite an injury-plagued season, 2018-19 sees Arnautovic as West Ham’s leading goalscorer once more with eight goals in 17 appearances. The latest misadventure came against Birmingham City in the FA Cup last weekend when a back injury forced his withdrawal after just 20 minutes. Twenty minutes in which he scored.
It’s understood that the Hammers are in no hurry to sell the striker, whom they signed for £20m from Stoke City two years ago. His current deal in London’s East End runs to 2022, leaving the club in a strong negotiating position.
Whilst Jose Mourinho was in charge at Manchester United, rumours persisted of a bid from the fallen Premier League giants but nothing emerged. The bid from China places a marker if the Red Devils are intent on pursuing their interest.
As yet, there is no indication that the Hammers want to sell their prize asset, but their resistance is set to be sorely tested.