Marko Arnautovic walks alone at Stoke's first pre-season friendly

Solenn Plantier
Juillet 10, 2017

West Ham United remain interested in bring Stoke City's star man Marko Arnautovic to the London Stadium, according to ClubCall.

The Austria worldwide, who scored six goals and added five assists in 32 Premier League appearances last season, is interesting West Ham, who could move for the 28-year-old now he has made his desire to leave the bet365 Stadium official.

Nevertheless, the 28-year-old has seemingly set his sights on a stage bigger than the one that Stoke can now offer him, and handed in an official transfer request this afternoon.

Arnoutovic has continuously impressed for the Potters since his arrival in 2013 from Werder Bremen, having scored 26 goals and creating a further 32 across his 145 appearances for them.

Whilst a host of clubs will now be linked with swoops to sign Arnautovic this summer, Sky Bet have priced up that Premier League rivals West Ham United are the 5/4 favourites to land his signature, whilst the Stoke Sentinel claim that a bid from the Hammers is imminent.

West Ham need attacking reinforcements after relying on the efforts of Manuel Lanzini and Michail Antonio for goals during the 2016-17 season, and Arnautovic could offer the Hammers an alternative to the Argentinian and the Englishman.

Whether Stoke have blocked a potential move remains to be seen, but the fact that Arnautovic has formally asked for a transfer suggests he is serious about leaving this time around.

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