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West Ham United‘s early makes an attempt to capitalise on Marko Arnautovic‘s need to depart Stoke Metropolis have reportedly fallen brief after the Potters spurned a £15-million bid, sources advised Sky Sports activities Information HQ.

Stories from the similar outlet earlier Monday said Arnautovic handed in a switch request at Stoke following 4 seasons of service in Staffordshire. The 28-yr-previous’s efforts to engineer an exit from bet365 Stadium apparently alerted AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, and West Ham.

The latter – persevering with its yr-lengthy hunt for extra attacking presence – was the primary to make a transfer, in accordance with Sky Sports activities, however its first strategy has fallen brief. The Irons are additionally reportedly eyeing Leicester Metropolislinked Kelechi Iheanacho, Olivier Giroud, Michy Batshuayi, and FC Koln‘s Anthony Modeste.

Arnautovic is presently on Stoke’s pre-season tour of his native Austria, and has allegedly grown unsettled as Mark Hughes’ squad has regularly did not carry itself from mid-desk obscurity.

Arnautovic moved completely from Werder Bremen for £2 million in 2013, together with his most promising spell in England maybe coming when he briefly cast a fearsome frontline with Xherdan Shaqiri and Bojan Krkic within the 2015-sixteen season.

Stoke continues to be trying to recruit in the summertime switch window, including to the earlier arrivals of Darren Fletcher, Josh Tymon, and sixteen-yr-previous prospect Josef Bursik. Ahead choices are undoubtedly into account after the sale of portly poacher Jonathan Walters to Burnley, and the membership is reportedly contemplating tabling a £12-million bid for Manchester Metropolis midfielder Fabian Delph.