• Austria international insists "Marko is not sold" after reports suggesting he could be offloaded.
  • Arnautovic has failed to score in nine appearances for the Hammers since becoming their record signing.

Marko Arnautovic has boldly denied he will be sold by West Ham United to finance David Moyes' January overhaul.

The Austrian arrived at the London Stadium amid much fanfare for a club record £25m from Stoke City in the summer transfer window.

But the 28-year-old has been unable to replicate the form which he displayed during four years with Stoke, and has failed to score in nine appearances for West Ham.

Relations with the east London faithful were not helped when he lasted just 33 minutes of his second ever West Ham appearance against Southampton after being red carded.

He is yet to feature in a winning team for his new club in the Premier League, though he did contribute two assists in the Carabao Cup win over Bolton Wanderers.

Despite a poor start to life with West Ham, Arnautovic would still garner a bid fee if he were made available for transfer and The Mirror understand he could be the makeweight as Moyes looks to freshen up the squad in January. His departure could be key to whether West Ham can make any of the four signings they have been linked in the New Year.

However, the ex-Inter Milan and Werder Bremen is not ready to give up on his career in the capital and told journalists ahead of Austria's international friendly against Uruguay on Tuesday [14 November]: "Marko is not sold," according to Vienna-based newspaper Kurier.

The decleration comes after Moyes stated that Javier Hernandez - who was previously out of favour with the Scot at Manchester United - would be given a run in the team this season

In his full home debut for West Ham - a 3-2 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur – Arnautovic came in for criticism from Gary Neville for his display which saw him play 66 minutes in an ineffective performance.

The ex-Manchester United defender took aim at Arnautovic's work-rate and claimed he thought he was West Ham's own version of Cristiano Ronaldo.

"I have only ever played with one player that had an excuse not to track back and that was Cristiano Ronaldo," Neville told Sky Sports. "He scored 40 goals in a season. That guy [Arnautovic] is Ronaldo in his own mind. That's the problem, he thinks he is better than he is."

And the £100,000-a-week man has responding slamming Neville's credentials as a manager after his ill-fated four-month spell with Valencia.

"I respect what Gary Neville achieved as a player," he said, according to The Sun. "He was brilliant at Manchester United and hats off to him. But what did he do as a coach at Valencia? His job is to criticise, that is 90 per cent of his job.

"I am not saying Gary Neville is a nobody. He has accomplished a lot in his life, he is a legend. But as a coach? Let him stay on the TV."

He added on his detractors: "Most of them (online criwas on Friday but happy on front on Friday tics) have no work, probably no life and no idea. I respect the real fans and I understand them. They were all happy to have me come to West Ham because I had done very well at Stoke.

"But the fans only see what happens in the stadium, they do not see what you do at training and in private. I know how strong I am mentally, how I work on myself. I have lost nothing and I'm not in crisis. West Ham can count on me 100%."

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Arnautovic has failed to register in nine West ham appearances. Getty Images