West Ham United attacker Marko Arnautovic is set to leave the club in acrimonious circumstances, with Sky Sports stating that the Austrian forward has passed a medical at Chinese side Shanghai SIPG.
The Hammers fans have been mortified at the former Inter Milan man’s behaviour over the last six months.
Arnautovic was initially a revelation at West Ham, with David Moyes fielding the powerful attacker as a centre forward rather than a winger, with great results.
The Hammers star was the side’s main goalscoring threat for a red-hot six-month period, but things have not been rosy of late.
After angling for a move in January, Arnautovic signed a new lucrative West Ham contract to supposedly end the speculation – but his agent continues to talk up a move away from the London Stadium.
Given the player’s attitude throughout 2019, the majority of Hammers fans will surely be happy to wash their hands of the 29-year-old, despite his ability.
Two potential positives emerging from Arnautovic’s impending exit are avoiding a hit on the squad’s morale and additional transfer fees for West Ham to strengthen their squad.
The Austrian sale heightens the need for the Irons to land a new number nine capable of scoring regularly in the Premier League, with plenty of names touted as possible arrivals this summer so far.