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Pellegrini: 'Arnautovic won't refuse to play for West Ham'

Arnautovic appeared to wave goodbye to the fans after being substituted at the weekend. Credit: PA

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini is confident wantaway striker Marko Arnautovic will not follow Dimitri Payet's lead and go on strike.

Arnautovic wants to quit West Ham for a big-money move to China with Shanghai SIPG believed to be offering to almost treble his wages.

Two seasons ago France midfielder Payet, another fans' favourite at the London Stadium, refused to play until he got a move back to his former club Marseille.

Pellegrini says he does not blame Arnautovic for having his head turned but is convinced the Austrian forward will continue to do his best for the team, even if the move does not come off.

"Marko is working with the team without any problem," said Pellegrini.

"When you have such a high offer, everyone wants to leave but he has a contract here and we will know what will happen about it in the coming days.

"Of course you can't blame him, he knows what is the best option for him and now we will see what happens between the clubs.

"I don't think that the player will refuse to play."

Arnautovic appeared to wave goodbye to the fans when he was substituted during West Ham's home win over Arsenal last weekend, but as things stand he will be in the squad which travels to Bournemouth on Saturday.


Arnautovic 'not for sale' say West Ham

West Ham have released a statement saying Arnautovic was not available for transfer. Credit: PA

West Ham have released a statement saying Arnautovic was not available for transfer.

They wrote on their Twitter account: "Marko Arnautovic has a contract and we fully expect him to honour it. He is not for sale."

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini believes Marko Arnautovic is ready and focused to play against Arsenal on Saturday, despite rumours of a January transfer away from the London Stadium.

The forward has been linked with a big-money move to China but Pellegrini insisted that the Austria international is fully committed to the Hammers.

He said in a press conference: "They are rumours. We know Marko is a very good player so maybe a lot of clubs will want him to play for their team, but at the moment he is a West Ham player and we want to keep him.

"I think Marko and all the other players involved in rumours have their heads here and want to continue playing the way they are doing so far.

"I am sure his head will be in the game against Arsenal and it will not affect his performance."

Free agent Nasri signs for West Ham

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Samir Nasri has completed his expected move to West Ham on a deal to the end of the season - on the day he completes a doping suspension.

The Hammers on Monday announced the signing of the 31-year-old former France midfielder, who is available to play from January 1 after an 18-month ban for receiving an intravenous treatment at a Los Angeles clinic in breach of the World Anti-Doping Agency's rules.

Nasri has been without a club leaving Antalyaspor of Turkey in January and previously played in the Premier League for Arsenal and Manchester City, the latter under now West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini.

He has been training with West Ham and there is an option to extend his stay at the London Stadium beyond the end of the season.

Pellegrini said on "I am very pleased to welcome Samir to West Ham United.

"He is a player I obviously know well from our time together at Manchester City and I am happy to be working with him again.

"He has been working very hard here in recent weeks to build up his fitness and condition after a long period without playing, and he is now very determined to return to his best.

"Samir will give us another dimension in our attacking play. He is a very technical player, with excellent quality on the ball, and the ability to create big moments in important matches.

"He already has very good experience of the Premier League and we hope that he will have a positive impact on the team between now and the end of the season."

Nasri is a two-time Premier League winner, having won the trophy with City in 2011-12 and 2013-14, under Pellegrini.


West Ham extend Noble's contract until 2021

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West Ham have taken up an option to extend the contract of captain Mark Noble - tying the midfielder to the club until 2021.

Noble, 31, came through the ranks with the Hammers and made his debut in 2004, going on to make 446 appearances for his boyhood club.

The former England Under-21 international has started the last three matches as Manuel Pellegrini's side picked up nine points from their Premier League games.

"It was an option in my contract that I signed a few years ago now, and it's an extra year, which is fantastic for me and my family," Noble told the club's official website.

"I've been at this club all my life - I've always said I wanted to be at this club and I think we're moving in the right direction, so it was the right time to do it."

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