Stoke City rejects improved West Ham bid for Arnautovic

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Another West Ham bid for Marko Arnautovic has been shot down by Stoke City.

The Press Association says West Ham offered $26 million this time, and Stoke isn’t budging when it comes to their big Austrian attacker.

That’s about $7 million more than the initial bid and $10 million more than his old release clause, which Everton attempted to trigger last summer.

West Ham’s work in the striker business has been difficult, as the Irons have not been able to land the big name they’ve so desired (with respect to previous acquisitions of Andy Carroll and Andre Ayew).

Stoke just renegotiated Arnautovic’s deal after Everton’s reported bid last summer, and Mark Hughes won’t be impressed with the forward’s attempt to bail after the first year of a four-year deal. How will this one end?