Report: Marko Arnautovic to snub £12.5m Everton move, will sign new contract with Stoke

Austria's Marko Arnautovic looks dejected at the end of the match

Stoke star Marko Arnautovic is reportedly ready to snub Everton.

Stoke's Marko Arnautovic in actionStoke's Marko Arnautovic in action

According to the Daily Mail, Stoke City forward Marko Arnautovic is set to sign a new four-year contract with the club, snubbing a move to Everton in the process.

The Austrian star, 27, has become a key player for the Potters ever since his move from Werder Bremen in 2013, and enjoyed his best season for the club last term.

Austria's Marko Arnautovic looks dejected at the end of the matchAustria's Marko Arnautovic looks dejected

With 11 goals and six assists in the Premier League last term, Arnautovic proved himself as one of the Premier League's most dangerous attacking players, and has seemingly attracted interest.

The Daily Mail report that Everton are willing to meet Arnautovic's £12.5m release clause, and with just one year left on his deal with Stoke, many expected him to leave the bet365 Stadium this summer.

Marko Arnautovic scores the first goal for Stoke

However, the Daily Mail now report that, with Everton seemingly unwilling to meet his £80,000-a-week wage demands, Arnautovic is set for a stunning U-turn, and will instead pen a new four-year contract with Stoke, ending the possibility of a move to Goodison Park.

The new will serve as a huge boost for Stoke, who now appear to have an outstanding midfield consisting of Giannelli Imbula, Joe Allen, Xherdan Shaqiri, Bojan Krkic and former Inter Milan ace Arnautovic.

Marko Arnautovic celebrates after scoring the first goal for StokeMarko Arnautovic celebrates after scoring the first goal for Stoke

Meanwhile, it may be back to the drawing board for Everton, but manager Ronald Koeman will have money to spend thanks to Farhad Moshiri's investment, and whilst missing out on Arnautovic will be a disappointment, the Dutchman will no doubt have other targets in mind.

With only Maarten Stekelenburg snapped up so far, Everton will be hoping to make some big signings in the coming weeks, with just over a month of the transfer window left to go.

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