The Hammers want to replace Marko Arnautovic who is joining Chinese Super League outfit Shanghai SIPG
West Ham will break their transfer record when they spend £44.85million on Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez.
Felipe Anderson is currently the Hammers’ most expensive signing, having joined from Lazio for £36m last season, but it is understood the Premier League side have agreed to pay up for Gomez.
Reports on Friday night suggested Gomez was close to joining Valencia, but the Hammers swooped in with a lucrative offer of their own.
After Marko Arnautovic completed a move to Chinese Super League outfit Shanghai SIPG for a reported £23million, the club are keen to replace the Austrian and see Gomez as the ideal candidate.
Manuel Pellegrini tried to sign the Uruguay international in January when Arnautovic initially tried to force a transfer through.
“West Ham United can confirm that Marko Arnautovic has joined Chinese Super League champions Shanghai SIPG for an undisclosed fee,” a club statement read.
“The 30-year-old Austrian departs after two seasons at London Stadium, during which he scored 22 goals in 65 appearances in Claret and Blue.”
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 Chinese club.