Stoke’s Arnautovic set for West Ham move


London (AFP) – Austrian international forward Marko Arnautovic is to undergo a medical at West Ham United on Wednesday after the London club agreed a £24 million ($31 million, 27 million euros) fee with Stoke City.

West Ham had two previous bids rejected for the 28-year-old, but Stoke have decided to cash in after the Austrian expressed a desire to leave the Midlands club.

Arnautovic only signed a new four-year deal at Stoke 12 months ago, but handed in a transfer request last week to force through a move.

He joined the Potters four years ago from German side Werder Bremen for just £2 million ($2.6 million, 2.3 million euros), and has become an integral part of their side, scoring 26 goals in over 100 appearances.

Arnautovic is poised to become Hammers boss Slaven Bilic’s third summer signing following the captures of Pablo Zabaleta and Joe Hart.

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