talkSPORT understands the 30-year-old’s long-standing transfer saga has come to an end
Marko Arnautovic has completed his move from West Ham to Chinese Super League outfit Shanghai SIPG for around £23million, talkSPORT can reveal.
The Austrian leaves just six months after signing a bumper new contract, having told the Hammers he wanted to go earlier this week.
Arnautovic passed his medical on Friday, and now talkSPORT understands the 30-year-old has agreed personal terms with Shanghai to finalise the transfer.
West Ham ran out of patience with Arnautovic after he asked to leave for the second time, and it is understood the club accepted the low offer in order the shift the forward as quickly as possible.
The £23million fee is significantly less than the club were offered in January, when they rejected £35million from an unnamed club.
During the messy transfer saga, the forward’s brother Danijel, who is also his agent, criticised West Ham for their treatment of the wantaway star.
Arnautovic’s brother said: “He’s not a cow or a horse which you bring to market.
“He’s a highly talented footballer who is simply being used by West Ham. He’s just a number to them.”
After arriving in east London for a club record fee of £20million in July 2017 from Stoke, Arnautovic initially became a fan favourite, and leaves having scored 22 goals in 65 games.
talkSPORT understands the Hammers are working hard to bring a striker into the club, with their options limited as things stand following Andy Carroll’s release.
The club have been heavily linked with a £45million move for Celta Vigo forward Maxi Gomez.