West Ham confirm departure of star man Marko Arnautovic

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 29: Marko Arnautovic of West Ham United celebrates scoring his sides third goal during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester United at London Stadium on September 29, 2018

West Ham forward Marko Arnautovic has completed a move to Chinese Super League side Shangai SIPG. The volatile Austrian after initially requesting for a transfer had signed a new 5-year-deal in January.

However, renewed interest from the cash rich Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG has reportedly led to the 30-year old asking to leave the London club once again in July.

A West Ham statement read: “West Ham United can confirm that Marko Arnautovic has joined Chinese Super League champions Shanghai SIPG for an undisclosed fee.

“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.”

The fee is rumoured to be around £22 million and Arnautovic will have the chance to link up with the likes of Hulk and Oscar at his new side.

With Andy Carroll and Lucas Perez having already left the club, West Ham manager, Manuel Pellegrini will be on the lookout for a new forward. One name whom the Hammers have been linked to is £45 million rated Celta Vigo star, Maxi Gomez.

The 22-year-old Uruguayan star has had a fruitful season at Celta, having scored 15 goals and could be an ideal replacement for Arnautovic at West Ham.

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