According to a report from French media outlet Foot Mercato, West Ham’s Marko Arnautovic is on the verge of signing for Shangahai SIPG.

The 30-year-old handed in a transfer request earlier this week. And his time in east london appears to be drawing to a close.

The Hammers were not prepared to let him go on the cheap, however, according to Sky Sports.

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And now Foot Mercato suggest that Arnautovic has agreed a three-year deal with SIPG.

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The potential fee is reported to be €40 million (£36 million).

Good deal for West Ham?

For a player on the wrong side of 30 and obviously very troublesome, absolutely it’s a good deal.

The French publication claims that a deal is very close to completion. The Hammers will be desperate to sell Arnie now, and for £36m they will be laughing all the way to the bank.

If, or more like when, Arnautovic does leave West Ham, the pressure will really be on Manuel Pellegrini to bring in a top class forward.

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Maxi Gomez, Salomon Rondon and Moussa Marega have all been linked with the east London outfit recently.

And West Ham fans will be expecting to see at least two of those names arrive at the London Stadium before the start of the new Premier League campaign.

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