Chinese Super League club Shanghai SIPG are set to launch a £45m bid for Marko Arnautovic, according to The Times.

West Ham face a battle to keep their star striker amid strong interest from China. After the Hammers resisted a £35m bid, Shanghai SIPG are now set to test them with a higher offer.

It remains to be seen whether West Ham will settle for the £45m transfer fee proposed by the Chinese top division side.

Marko Arnautovic at West Ham

Marko Arnautovic appeared to wave goodbye to West Ham fans against Arsenal. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

West Ham signed Arnautovic from Stoke City in summer 2017 and he had a slow start to life in East London.

But the Austria international was reborn under David Moyes, who turned him into a centre-forward. Arnautovic’s tally of 11 goals helped keep West Ham up and cemented his place as a firm fans’ favourite among the Hammers faithful.

This season, the 29-year-old has followed up his good form, scoring nine times in all competitions despite suffering some injury blows.

 

However, Danijel Arnautovic – who is the brother and agent of the West Ham ace – recently revealed to talkSPORT that Arnautovic wanted to leave the club and move to China.

Shanghai SIPG

Ex-Chelsea midfielder Oscar (L) and Brazilian team-mate Hulk (R) play for Shanghai SIPG. (Photo by Marcio Rodrigo Machado/Power Sport Images/Getty Images)

Shanghai SIPG appear to be the Chinese club who are keen on Arnautovic and they have until the end of February to secure a deal.

The Red Eagles are the reigning champions, having won the 2018 Chinese Super League competition.

Brazilian duo Hulk and Oscar play for Shanghai SIPG, who are desperate to land Arnautovic in a £45m deal.

They could reportedly offer the Austrian wages of £300k-per-week, according to this report by The Times.

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