talkSPORT understands the Austria international’s exit from the London Stadium could be completed as early as this weekend
Marko Arnautovic is close to securing a move to the Chinese Super League with the West Ham forward set to undergo a medical in London imminently.
The Austria international, 30, who attempted to leave east London in January before signing a new contract, is close to finalising a £22.5million move to the Far East.
It’s believed Shanghai SIPG are the club who have won the race for Arnautovic, with a medical to take place in London very soon.
talkSPORT understands the transfer could be completed as early as this weekend should everything go to plan.
Manuel Pellegrini, the West Ham manager, has grown tired of the Austrian’s attitude and is happy for him to go as he believes keeping the player against his wishes would damage team morale.
Co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold are fully supportive of Pellegrini, and will reluctantly sell the 30-year-old for much less than they were offered in January.
Arnautovic has performed well for West Ham since arriving from Stoke City in July 2017 for a club record fee of £20million, scoring 22 goals in 65 games.
The forward’s brother Danijel, who is also his agent, earlier this week 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.”
Having also released Andy Carroll this summer, West Ham are working hard to bring in another striker.
Maxi Gomez had been on their radar but looks set to join Valencia, while West Brom’s Salomon Rondon is rumoured to be a top target for Pellegrini.