Noel Whelan has urged West Ham to continue their summer rebuild by cashing in on Marko Arnautovic.

The Hammers have sold senior duo Lucas Perez and Edimilson Fernandes this week as their summer exodus gets underway following the window opening.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, ex-Leeds United and Coventry City striker Whelan explained why the Hammers can do even better business by getting £40million for Arnautovic.

He was appalled by the Austria international’s conduct after his attempt to engineer a mid-season transfer in January was followed by months of miserable performances.

“Can West Ham afford another season with someone like that? No,” Whelan told Football Insider. “What about when he fancies not playing anymore?  He’s tried to force a move away once and he’ll do it again when it suits him.

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“He’s a snowflake character. He ruffles feathers on the pitch and is unpopular in the dressing room. If you could get £40million for him, that’s good business.

“If you can get the best out of him and manage his ego, there’s definitely a player there. He has everything you want in a striker – aggressive, physical, holds the ball up, got a trick and scores all types of goals.

“But you can’t rely on him and that’s the problem.”

Arnautovic signed a contract extension at West Ham at the end of January after his future had been the subject of intense speculation following a 35m bid from a Chinese club.

The 30-year-old has scored 22 goals from 65 games since joining the Hammers from Stoke City for £24million in 2017.

In other West Ham news, the club have rejected an approach from Premier League giants for 29-year-old.