Stoke Hopeful of 3rd West Ham Bid to Finally Meet the Potters' Asking Price for Arnautovic
Stoke City had rejected a bid from West Ham United Last week worth £20m for one of their most important attacking players.
Anticipating another bid, Stoke have set an asking price of £22.5m for Marko Arnautovic from West Ham United in order to secure enough funds to target three other players including Chelsea's Kurt Zouma, Daily Mail reports.
Despite Arnautovic signing a four-year contract last year, it is understood that the Austrian winger wants a move to the London club.
However, Stoke initially rejected the Hammers' second bid as they wanted to be £20m clear rather than giving a 10% fee to additional payments such as agents and bonuses.
A solid £20m in funds would allow Mark Hughes to target three players should West Ham accept the new offer.
Due to the exciting potential of young Stoke winger Ramadan Sobhi, Hughes is looking for players in other positions if Arnautovic departs from the Potters, specifically two centre backs and a midfielder.
Chelsea's Kurt Zouma is a target for Stoke and is currently rated at £12m.
The Potters are also confident in securing a permanent move from Dutch centre half Bruno Martins Indi, who wants to join them despite rumoured interests from Crystal Palace.
Martins Indi enjoyed his loan spell at Stoke last season and has also bought a house as he awaits a deal to strike between Stoke City and parent club Porto.