The Potters have twice been rebuffed by Dinamo Kyiv in the pursuit of the Ukraine international and hope to succeed this time where their efforts over the past two summers failed.
Arnautovic joined the Hammers in a club-record deal which left a bitter taste in Stoke mouths. The Austrian international has been heavily criticised for a move to a club which is seen as offering no better future than that on offer in the Potteries. There won’t be a polite round of respectful applause when his name is read out at the Bet365 Stadium when West Ham visit this season, that’s for sure.
Yarmalenko has attracted a lot of attention down the years but never been enticed away from his only senior club where he has accumulated a full set of domestic honours in his 331 appearances. With 133 goals in that time, he poses the goal threat Stoke manager Mark Hughes knows he has lost.
The question Stoke must answer is whether they can find the right enticement to bring Dinamo to the negotiating table.