Dynamo Kiev star Andriy Yarmolenko has been quoted by The Sun as saying that Stoke City are a better team under Mark Hughes, but still not good enough to tempt him with a move to the Britannia Stadium.
Stoke, though, have been more forward with their interest, with boss Mark Hughes telling the Daily Mail in a separate report of his side’s intentions to make Yarmolenko their big summer signing.
The Potters have been busy ahead of the new campaign, yet the Midlands outfit are still on the lookout for that extra bit of quality to establish themselves as a top half Premier League outfit.
Yarmolenko, however, has bigger aspirations as he praised the Potters’ improvements under Hughes, but insisted a move doesn’t interest him as he instead targets regular European football.
“They are more refined, not hitting big balls into the area and taking long throw-ins. The financial side of any future transfer is not critical for me. It’s about crying at the age of 30 if you have not tested yourself once in a serious championship,” he is quoted by The Sun as saying.
Could Liverpool or Tottenham Hotspur be an option?
Liverpool are pretty overloaded with wide players with the likes of Jordon Ibe, Roberto Firmino, Lazar Markovic, Philippe Coutinho, James Milner and Adam Lallana capable of doing a job there.
Spurs, in contrast, are fairly short on attacking wide options and a dribbling master such as Yarmolenko is exactly the sort of player needed to compliment Christian Eriksen, Nacer Chadli and Erik Lamela.
The North London side have so far been fairly quiet on the transfer front, the majority of their activity coming in the way of sales as Paulinho, Etienne Capoue and Benjamin Stambouli head their departures.
With Mauricio Pochettino's men qualifying for the Europa League, they seemingly fit the criteria of Yarmolenko's next move and the competitiveness of the Premier League adds that extra incentive.