Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has confirmed his club’s interest in Ukraine’s highly-rated international winger Andriy Yarmolenko, the Daily Mail report.
Inter Milan’s Xherdan Shaqiri was one name heavily linked, as mentioned in the Mail report, but after the Swiss star appeared uninterested, attention has been turned to Yarmolenko.
The Daily Mail previously credited Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool with holding a strong interest, but Stoke are the latest club to show their hand, confirmed by boss Hughes.
“He's the level of player we would like to bring in if we can. We've missed out on a couple of players we weren't able to get over the line. I'm still hopeful to be able to get a player of real top, top quality and if we can do that we will probably be done for the window,” Hughes explained.
What would Andriy Yarmolenko bring to Stoke?
The 25-year-old can play in a range of attacking positions, although he is predominantly a winger and plays his best football on the right flank with the freedom to cut inside.
In 11 Europa League matches last season, he notched four goals and added a further seven assists, a superb contribution considering his side faced tough opponents such as Everton and Fiorentina.
With Yarmolenko drawing admiring glances from a number of top European teams, Stoke would be pulling off a real coup if they managed to secure a deal for his services.