Hammers get £23m up front for Arnautovic

West Ham are to receive the £23 million fee for Marko Arnautovic as a full up front payment from Chinese outfit Shanghai.

The club were determined that became an essential element in their decision to sell the 30 year old as they were held with a gun to their heads by him and his brother.

Most transfers involve the fee being spread over three or four payments but  the cash-laden Chinese Super League champions agreed to a deal which allowed the Hammers to make a major move for their number one target, Maxi Gomez.

It was a deal which suited all sides in the end after a majority of the squad had made it clear they would not be unhappy to see the striker leave the club.

And to receive the sort of funds they have to allow the player to disappear into the black hole of world football and make the move for Gomez is not a bad result for the club.

However, a senior Hammers source explained to CandH by e mail: “The truth is that we have that money but in fact we are having to double it – as we have done – to hopefully get the player we really want – Gomez.

“Even if we don’t manage that we will need to pay more than we received for Arnie to find the striker/s we need.”


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2 comments on “Hammers get £23m up front for Arnautovic

  1. We need to sign Gomez the go and get Sebastian haller or mateta to partner him up top then get Alvarez from club America job done

    • Not sure it’s that easy.
      If we are spending £44.5m on Maxi Gomez… the only way we get Haller is if we manage to raise another £40m from player sales…
      £12m Hernandez
      £8m Obiang..
      That only gets us half way there…
      Hugill, Byram and Oxford are only going to raise us another £10m for the 3 of them.
      Where do you suppose we get the last £10m for Haller and then more for a Mexican CB?

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