Report: Marko Arnautovic's wage demands could scupper his £12.5m Everton move

Marko Arnautovic scores the first goal for Stoke

Everton are keen to sign Marko Arnautovic - but his wage demands are a problem.

Marko Arnautovic scores the first goal for StokeMarko Arnautovic scores the first goal for Stoke

According to the Daily Mail, Stoke City winger Marko Arnautovic could price himself out of a move to Everton with his £80,000-a-week wage demands.

The Toffees have made just one first-team signing this summer as Maarten Stekelenburg arrived from Fulham, but manager Ronald Koeman should have money to spend thanks to Farhad Moshiri's millions.

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

After January signing Oumar Niasse failed to make an impact, the left of midfield continues to be an issue for Everton, and whilst Kevin Mirallas may enjoy something of a rebirth under Koeman, it seems that the new Toffees manager is plotting a big move.

The Daily Mail report that Everton are set to activate the £12.5m release clause in Marko Arnautovic's contract, in the hope of luring him from Stoke City to Goodison Park.

Stoke's Marko Arnautovic in action

However, the report claims that Arnautovic is looking for wages of £80,000-a-week, and unless he drops those demands, he could price himself out of a move to Merseyside.

Arnautovic, 26, has become a key player for Stoke since signing from Werder Bremen in 2013, and enjoyed a fine season last term with 11 goals and six assists in the Premier League.

Marko Arnautovic celebrates after scoring the first goal for Stoke

However, with just one year left on his contract, Arnautovic seems set to leave Stoke this summer, and the Potters can't do much about it given the release clause in his contract.

Everton still have some work to do before they can seal the deal, but the Austrian - who endured a difficult Euro 2016 campaign - could become Koeman's first big-money signing as Everton manager if a compromise can be found over his wages.

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