West Ham have announced the signing of Marko Arnautovic from Stoke City on a five-year deal for a club-record fee of up to £25m, with a guaranteed £20m plus an additional £5m in potential add-ons.
The 28-year-old had been agitating for a move and after rejecting two earlier bids Stoke finally relented. Arnautovic will bolster the Hammers’ squad following the addition of Pablo Zabaleta and Joe Hart on loan, and the imminent transfer of Javier Hernández.
“It feels special to me to be a West Ham player,” said Arnautovic, who has 62 caps for Austria. “Everyone knows that West Ham is a big Club, with big history and I’m happy to be a part of it now. I can’t wait to get started.
“I played against West Ham at the old stadium – I didn’t play last year at the new stadium because I was suspended – but I came to the game and I can only say it is a massive club with a lot of fans. They are crazy for football and this is what I like. The club is still growing, getting better and better and that’s why I’m here.”
Arnautovic joined Stoke in 2013 from Bundesliga side Werder Bremen for £2.3m and quickly established himself as a regular in the side, scoring 26 goals in 145 appearances for the club.