Danny Mills has called the ongoing saga involving West Ham’s Marko Arnautovic ‘unbelievable’ and called it a gamble which has failed to pay off for the Hammers.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England star revealed he was gobsmacked at how things had changed from January, when the Austrian signed a new contract, to now, with the Irons star said to be on the verge of leaving for China.
National reports claim that the east London outfit have accepted a bid for the 30-year-old just five months after getting him to pen a new deal at the club.
Mills says that handing him an improved contract was a gamble which has failed to pay off for West Ham and that they appear ready to cut their losses.
Speaking of the Austrian, Mills told Football Insider: “It’s incredible, isn’t it? Unbelievable. Christmas time, pledged his future to the club and suddenly now, no, not going to pledge his future to the club. It’s a very strange situation, you have to say.
“Clearly he wants out and it looks like West Ham are happy to say to him: ‘That’s it, we need him out as soon as we possibly can.’ To do that, we need to get rid and that’s all it comes down to. Every signing, every new contract, it is always a gamble because there’s a human element, you can’t just sack these people.
“Okay, they took a bit of a gamble and sometimes you have to take a bit of a loss. I think they’ve decided the best thing for everybody is to just get rid”
Arnautovic, who arrived at West Ham from Stoke City, has played 65 times for the Irons, scoring 22 goals and chipping in with 12 assists.
He had a bright start to the 2018/19 campaign, scoring four goals in six matches but went on a barren run following the January transfer window, scoring three goals in the final two games of the season.
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