Arnautovic hands in transfer request after West Ham bid rejected by Stoke

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Marko Arnautovic earned a new four-year contract at Stoke City last summer, just a few days after Everton was reported to have activated his release clause.

That clause was for $16 million, so suffice it to say Stoke will be expecting more if it were to surprisingly sell the tall Austrian.

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Arnautovic, 28, has handed in a transfer request after Stoke denied a $19.3 million bid from West Ham United for his services, according to multiple reports. Sky Sports says AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain are also interested in his services.

Capped 62 times with 15 goals for Austria, Arnautovic has 19 goals in his last two seasons at Stoke and is an intense attacker who can change games with the fire of his rocket foot.

Stoke will be angry with the situation, and it’s fair to imagine there will not be a quick resolution to the saga. Arnautovic took two years to pay dividends for Stoke, then got a new deal before flipping his plans unexpectedly. The Potters did not find a lot of goals last season, and would’ve been counting on a return to double digit goals from Arnautovic.