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The top-flight clubs agreed for the domestic market to end before the 2019/20 campaign got under way, meaning it was a short summer of spending in England.
But a number of transfers could go through before September begins with European windows open until later.
The market in China has already closed so no players will be completing mega-money moves to the Far East but clubs across the continent can still buy.
The Scottish transfer window remains open as well.
Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez are being heavily linked with leaving Manchester United, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Davide Zappacosta could depart Chelsea and there are question marks over the likes of Dejan Lovren, Mohamed Elneny and Mario Lemina among others.
“It’s simple, Zidane doesn’t like Gareth,” Barnett said.
“There’s no relationship between them. There never has been.”
And Spain-based journalist Graham Hunter explained to talkSPORT the reasons why the £1m-a-week move to China fell through.
“The whole thing came as a shock to both Bale and Jonathan Barnett,” he revealed.
“Zidane started acting a bit oddly during the week – as far as the player and the agent were concerned.
“They thought the rupture was total. Jonathan Barnett has been talking to a French newspaper where he expressed the opinion that the whole thing literally boils down to the fact Zidane doesn’t like Bale.
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It is also understood the east Londoners accepted a low offer this time around – compared to the £35m they turned down seven months ago – in order to get the nuisance player out the door.
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And former England defender Rafferty, who hung up her boots this summer after representing West Ham, has revealed how Arnautovic often disrupted the Women’s team at the club’s Rush Green training ground.
Speaking on Monday’s Kick Off, Rafferty explained: “I think in the end West Ham got fed up of him – he’s got a bit of an attitude, clearly.
“In and around the training ground he’d always be quite disruptive of our training sessions when he’d walk over.
“We train in the same place [as the men’s team], but obviously on separate pitches, separated by one of the stadiums.
“On multiple occasions he was just quite disruptive and disrespectful of our training sessions.
“He’d be walking back from finishing his training and would shout over the wall and just be disrespectful.
“Bearing in mind we were doing tactical work, it’s a total disregard for what we’re doing; there’s no way in hell any of us would do that during one of their training sessions.
“I think that’s just him, he’s clearly quite a boisterous character and is quite outspoken.”
He departs the Hammers two years after joining from Stoke, and only six months after putting pen to paper on a new contract which appeared to tie him down to West Ham when they refused to sell him to an unnamed CSL team in January.
Arnautovic was a strong performer for the east Londoners before his failed move to the Far East earlier this year, but his form quickly faded across the second half of the campaign.
He netted just three goals after signing his new deal, compared to the seven beforehand, and West Ham legend Cottee says Arnautovic became a hindrance rather than a help when his proposed January move to China collapsed.
“I’ll remember Marko, on his day, as a fantastic player,” Cottee told Jim White on talkSPORT.
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“When he arrived he took a little while to settle in, but he was given his opportunity up front and when he started playing there he certainly hit form and started banging a few goals in.
“So he was an exciting player for the Hammers, but he certainly let himself down towards the end. From the start of the year onwards, when the January window opened, there have been non-stop problems.
Cottee blasted this statement, however, claiming England is where the glamour is and saying that if a player wants to leave for the money it would be better to simply be honest about it.
“It’s not the first time we’ve seen this in football,” Cottee continued. “Over the years we’ve seen it with many players who’ve decided for whatever reason that they don’t want to play for the club.
“I’m a West Ham fan and as far as I’m concerned if a player doesn’t want to play for the club, for whatever reason, then you have to move them on.
“I’ve got every sympathy for the club because I think they’ve been put in a very difficult position.
“Be honest about it! If you are going to leave West Ham and go to China, be honest about it. Say you are going for the money. He’s not going to further his career or win medals, because the glamour is here in England.
“I read in January that he wants to go and win medals and you’re thinking, ‘do me a favour… that’s absolutely ridiculous’.
“The first thing they [West Ham fans] want to see is 100 per cent commitment to the football club, and I don’t think Marko’s given that since January.
“Marko, as I’ve already said, on his day, was a fantastic footballer. But if you don’t want to play for the club, as far as I’m concerned, sod off and go and play somewhere else.”
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