It is understood the offer from the unnamed Chinese club falls way short of West Ham’s valuation of Arnautovic but they want rid of his bad influence in the dressing room
West Ham star Marko Arnautovic is heading to the Chinese Super League after the Hammers finally grew frustrated with his behaviour.
The Austrian, 30, who attempted to leave east London in January before signing a new contract, is wanted by clubs in far east.
It’s understood that Shanghai SIPG are the club who have won the race for Arnautovic.
Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol has quoted a club source saying “it’s a terrible deal for us but manager, players and staff want him out.”
Arnautovic has performed well for West Ham since arriving in July 2017 but the club’s chief have cut their losses and believe they have enough quality in the squad to let him go.
The forward’s brother Danijel, who is also his agent has been annoyed with West Ham’s 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.”
It is understood the decision to let Arnautovic leave has been sanctioned by Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini, who wants his disruptive influence in the dressing room gone.
West Ham will try to get a replacement for Arnautovic, with the likes of Maxi Gomez and Salomon Rondon linked to the club.