Marko Arnautović's Move to West Ham Draws Closer as Stoke Star Passes Medical
West Ham United are on the verge of signing Stoke City ace Marko Arnautović, after the 28-year-old winger passed a medical with the east London club. The Hammers are desperate to strengthen their side this summer, after a disappointing 2016/17 Premier League campaign.
According to reports from the Sky Sports, the Austrian international is set to finalise his move to the London Stadium tomorrow, after the final touches are made to his contract. The fee is believed to be in the region of £24m, which would make the midfield maestro the club's record signing ahead of last summer's £20.5m swoop for eventual flop André Ayew.
Arnautović is set to be the club's third signing of the summer, having already brought England number one goalkeeper Joe Hart to the club on loan from Manchester City and signed fellow Etihad old boy Pablo Zabaleta from the club on a free transfer.
The Stoke City man has excelled since joining the club from Bundesliga side in 2013, becoming notorious not only for his flawless set-piece taking, but also for his pace and crossing abilities. The 6'3 forward boasts the valuable attribute of height, which gives the player an advantage over opposition defences. Arnautović is undoubtably a proven performer in the Premier League.
West Ham have also agreed a fee with Bayer Leverkusen for ex-Manchester United striker Javier Hernández, who looks set to return to the Premier League after an impressive spell with the Bundesliga side. The Hammers are desperate to sign a goalscorer, and Hernández's record of 48 goals in 96 matches for Mexico will certainly wet the fans' appetite.