Marko Arnautovic has suggested that ambition and the prospect of joining a bigger club were the main reasons behind his decision to make the move from Stoke to West Ham this summer, Sky Sports reports.
Arnautovic became the Hammers' most expensive signing ever after completing a £25 million move from the bet365 Stadium this summer - as reported by Sky Sports - becoming just the second permanent addition to Slaven Bilic's first-team of the window.
Marko Arnautovic in action with new West Ham teammate Jose Fonte
The deal helped alleviate much of the frustration amongst the supporters regarding the lack of business this summer. And Arnautovic has explained why he decided to leave the Potters for the London Stadium.
"Of course it was tough for me because the fans over the years were very supportive of me, but I came to a point where I wanted to see something different," he told Sky Sports.
"I wanted to join West Ham because, for me, it's a bigger club and more ambitious. We can see with the signings that we've made and the players that are already at the club."
The Austria international's belief in the Irons' ambition was vindicated almost immediately as he was followed through the door by Javier Hernandez - who is making his return to the Premier League after two years in the Bundesliga.
West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic
While it will only be when the new season begins that it will start to become clear how clever the Irons have been in the window, it certainly appears that the club have learnt from the mistakes of the poor window they endured last summer.
Every senior signing - Pablo Zabaleta and Joe Hart have both arrived from Manchester City, with the latter signing on loan - has extensive experience of playing in the English top flight, while last summer they took a number of gambles that ultimately did not pay off.