Manuel Pellegrini, the West Ham manager, sees Arnautovic, who is contracted for another three years, as an integral part of his plans and the club are determined to hold on to him.
The other huge sticking point, however, is that Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez would not sanction the sale of a midfielder, whose value would be in the region of £20million, unless he was able to bring in a suitable replacement.
But, similarly to Shelvey, Benitez would not sanction business that would undermine Newcastle's attempts to beat relegation.
Since arriving from Stoke City in summer 2017, Arnautovic has established himself as a key player at West Ham.
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Nasri fell foul of football's anti-doping regulations in 2016 after receiving an intravenous drip created to 'keep him hydrated and in top health during his busy soccer season with Sevilla', but has since been handed a short-term contract with an ambitious Hammers side.
"Players of his quality and other players like Declan Rice, Felipe Anderson, other clubs will want them but that is one thing". He hopes the fans can respect his wishes.
"Those are all rumours", Pellegrini said.
Will be hard to replace but i trust Pellegrini to do it. [tomster36]This whole thing about Arnautovic is annoying! At the moment it's all so slow and predictable and the whole game is being played in a 30-yard space.
"If it was £50m between Wilson or Arnautovic I would go with Marko", he told The Debate on Sky Sports. Olivier Giroud is just a target man and he's injured anyway.
According to the Daily Star, as cited on HITC, the Hammers could launch a January move to sign the Belgian, with Perez attracting interest from elsewhere.
"I want to keep him, of course, but you never know what might happen in the future".