West Ham Set to Complete £23m Signing of Stoke City's Marko Arnautovic in 48 Hours
Wantaway Stoke City star Marko Arnautovic is set to finally complete his move to West Ham in the next 48 hours after handing in a formal transfer request.
The Austrian international will arrive at the London Stadium for a club-record transfer fee of £23m and it is reported that personal terms have already been agreed between the two parties.
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Stoke will have to pay 20% of the £23m to Arnautovic's former club Werder Bremen, which was why they were so keen to set the high price.
The versatile winger will now go for medical tests with the Hammers before joining the rest of the squad in their pre-season camp in Austria.
Bilic has been desperate for a new forward this summer after the east London club's profligacy in front of goal last term.
Despite being a winger by trade, the consensus is that Arnautovic can fill the manager's striking void if called upon and given the fact that Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho have terrible injury records, he will likely get a lot of chances.
After the Hammers 0-0 draw with Sturm Graz on Tuesday, Bilic emphasised the need for a new forward, saying: