By Derek Smithson
Stoke have named a £22.5million asking price for attacker Marko Arnautovic after already turning down two West Ham bids this summer for him, according to a report.
The Mail claim that Premier League side Stoke have named their valuation for the 28-year-old and that manager Mark Hughes is reluctant to sell the player.
It is understood that the Potters may be forced to lose the winger as he is keen on a move to London and want to recuperate £22.5million to aid their own summer spending.
The report details that West Ham have already seen two offers rejected for Arnautovic, with a second bid of £20million turned down last week.
Arnautovic was one of Stoke’s brightest performers last season and predominately plays as a left winger, but can also be deployed in a central area.
The Austria international made 35 appearances across all competitions last term, scoring seven goals and supplying six assists in return.
His physical presence has seen him enjoy success in the Premier League since he joined Stoke in 2013 and West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has lined him up for a move to the London Stadium.
Football Insider verdict:
West Ham desperately need to improve their attacking options this summer if they are to improve on last season, with the club striving to be competing for the European spots. The Hammers lacked a consistent goal threat last year and need players to be chipping in from all areas of the pitch. Arnautovic could be a great asset to Bilic’s side if he joined and help bolster the frontline options. The 28-year-old is blessed with great individual talent and is now entering the peak of his career. He could flourish at the London Stadium if given the opportunity and try to replicate the form he has shown on the international stage with Austria.
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