Could this have been a ploy by the agent to endear West Ham fans to the player even further before this possibly inevitable Chinese bid was to come in?
West Ham's initial reaction was to tell the Austria worldwide, who signed a new deal five months ago, to honour his contract.
"'The team is the most important thing and players who want to play for a team moving in the right direction is the most important thing'". Please go off to China to get the payday you apparently so desperately need, and allow West Ham to grow in your wake.
And, adding to this information, BBC Sport's Simon Stone revealed that the Chinese club in question would be Shanghai SIPG, and that the fee the Irons were so disappointed in was £22.4m.
Rashid Khan fails to live up to billing at Cricket World Cup Gayle, in fact, was the only frontline West Indies batsman to perish in single figures and the only one who did not strike a six. West Indies started the match in next-to-last place on three points, courtesy of a solitary win over Pakistan and a washout.
Arnautovic again wants to leave though, amid fresh interest from China, and has reportedly put in a transfer request, while the Hammers have already rejected one bid of around the £20m mark.
But now, as reported by Sky Sports' Kaveh Solhekol on Twitter, the Hammers have accepted a deal to sell him, despite acknowledging its foolish economics, out of a desire to get rid of a disruptive player.
The latest episode marks the second time this year that Arnautovic has tried to force his way out of the club and West Ham have now decided that the 30-year-old will only be a negative influence if he stays. You can't keep having this going on every six months, though.
"You don't want that going on constantly every transfer window, you want it sorted".
For more on that post-credit scene and the major twists of Stranger Things 3 , stay tuned to EW.com all this weekend. This worldwide juggernaut of a game has let players fight as Thanos, the Avengers and even John Wick .
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A flyover by Air Force One , which Trump had teased earlier in the day on Twitter, occurred unannounced and without fanfare. Asked if he could give a speech to all Americans, Trump replied: "I think so, I think I've reached most Americans".
A 6.4-magnitude quake shook Southern California on Thursday morning , and tremors could be felt from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. Before Thursday, the largest quake in the area was in 1999 near Barstow, said seismologist Lucy Jones of the USGS.
Australia's Ashleigh Barty celebrates her victory on day 4 of the Wimbledon 2019 tennis championship in London on July 4, 2019. Two games later, Kvitova saved three set points to level for 5-5 and it was a setback Mladenovic could not recover from.
Read the full story here. "This is a true area of Canadian expertise and we are pleased to be starting right away", she said. Zelenskiy was also trying to allay fears that he was not up to the task of governing given his lack of political experience.
On Tuesday, the Trump administration quietly announced its decision to print 2020 census forms without a citizenship question. Trump wrote . "We are absolutely moving forward, as we must, because of the importance of the answer to this question".
Just in case you haven't looked anywhere else on the internet today, Stranger Things season three has just landed on Netflix . Earlier this morning Stranger Things finally dropped on Netflix and fans have gone wild after waiting for nearly two years.
Francis first met Putin in 2013, as the Roman Catholic Church sought to improve ties with the Russian Orthodox Church. After meeting the pope, Putin will hold talks with Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and President Sergio Mattarella.
Serena Williams survives Juvan scare to reach third round
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex , left, takes her seat on Court Number One to watch Serena Williams play Slovenia's Kaja Juvan . Meghan could be seen clapping and urging Williams on as her friend went in search of her eight Wimbledon singles title.
Stepson of ex-PM to face money-laundering charges
Malaysia's new government has re-opened probes into 1MDB, and Najib went on trial in April over the allegations. The shares were among three 1MDB-linked assets sought by the DoJ in civil forfeiture suits filed in California.
Kendrick Norton's agent confirms Dolphins DT had arm amputated
During his time in high school, he was teammates with Dolphins wide receiver Isaiah Ford and as a senior, was 1st-team all-state. Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Kendrick Norton has had his arm amputated following a auto crash, his agent has confirmed.
Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben retires from football
He spent 10 years with Bayern, winning the Bundesliga eight times, and also captured the Champions League in 2013. He won La Liga and the Spanish Super Cup with Real Madrid and two Premier League titles with Chelsea .
Federer seeded ahead of Nadal for Wimbledon
Spaniard Nadal has only won two titles at Wimbledon twice so a victory this year will also be something of a surprise. As always the aim remains to win but now it is to do so without expending too much energy.
Tomic fined for playing below standards at Wimbledon
There was little doubt about the run ending at 13 as she stormed out of the blocks, surging into a 5-0 lead in the first set. Tatishvili had returned to competition following a 31-month absence due to a serious ankle injury and multiple surgeries.