Austrian international, Marko Arnautovic, 27, has stunned Stoke City by deciding he wants to leave the Potteries.
The fiery winger scored 11 times in last season’s Premier League as Mark Hughes’ team finished ninth for the third season running.
Arnautovic recently rejected a new deal from the club, stating:
“I cannot say if I will still be at Stoke after the summer but my goal is to stay in England. That is where I feel comfortable and where I have performed well.”
Since joining from Werder Bremen in 2013, the Austrian has been an influential member of the Stoke squad. Last season his most productive in front of goal and Hughes had high hopes for the coming season.
Arnautovic though, seems set to move on with Everton leading the chase for his signature. Former Stoke manager, Tony Pulis, is also an admirer of the Austrian and the West Bromwich Albion boss enquired about his availability last season.
With a £13m release clause in his current contract, the Toffees won’t be put off with new co-owner, Farhad Moshiri, keen to get the club challenging for European places under Ronald Koeman. The Iranian has made it clear to the Dutchman that he will underwrite any necessary investment in the playing staff to achieve that aim.
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