West Ham United Striker Marko Arnautovic has passed a medical ahead of a proposed move to Shanghai SIPG after a 25 million euro (£22.4m) deal was agreed.
It was gathered that the east London club were running out of patience to allow Arnautovic leave after comments made by the striker’s brother claiming they are “using” him, but it seems as though the Austrian will be heading to China permanently, providing personal terms can be agreed.
The 30-year-old scored 21 goals in 59 Premier League matches for the Hammers in his two seasons at the club and established himself as a fans favourite before asking to leave for the Chinese Super League in January.
After pushing for a move away, Arnautovic signed a contract extension which saw his wages rise by 20 per cent to £120,000 a week, including a £40m release clause, which expired on June 14.
Arnautovic will become the third forward to leave West Ham this window after Andy Carroll’s contract expired and Lucas Perez was sold to Alaves, with Javier Hernandez also admitting he will be allowed to leave this summer.
West Ham are already looking for replacements to their depleted forward line as they look to finalise a deal for Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez after he named the London Stadium as his preferred destination.
A sell-on clause means Arnautovic’s former club, Stoke, will be due 20 per cent of any fee above £20m.