West Ham face a number of battles ahead of them in the coming months and one of those could orientate around keeping hold of a key player.

The Hammers have seen speculation rise suggesting Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho wants to bring Marko Arnautovic to Old Trafford this summer.

Austria international Arnautovic arrived for a club-record fee from Stoke last summer and scored 11 goals to help propel West Ham away from relegation danger.

His performances have not gone unnoticed, with Mourinho said to be impressed by the 29-year-old’s versatility, and Arnautovic has now responded to the speculation.

Quoted by The Sun, he said:

“It’s nice to hear.”

“I’ve not heard anything from my brother, my agent. You can keep asking this question, you’ll never hear the answer from me.”

West Ham are understandably determined to retain the services of their Player of the Year but will be concerned that Arnautovic could have his head turned, particularly with United being able to offer Champions League football.