The Hammers' desperate search for attacking acquisitions continues to rumble on, as Slaven Bilic struggles to attract top class talent to the London Stadium.
One of the Croatian's primary targets is Marko Arnautovic, with the Express claiming that West Ham are lining a third offer for the Austrian, this time believed to be in the region of £25 million.
According to the Sun (print edition, page 63, July 16th 2017) though, the Potters will not sell the 28-year-old for anything less than £30 million, as the east London outfit's rather obvious desperation to sign a forward is once again driving up the price of one of their prospective transfer targets.
Stoke City's Marko Arnautovic looks dejected
And they would be mad to pay anywhere near that price for Arnautovic.
Whilst the Stoke man has been a consistent performer during his time at the BET365 Stadium, his statistics are rather underwhelming to say the least.
He has scored 26 goals in 145 outings for Mark Hughes' side, and his showboating, maverick nature could not be further removed from what the Hammers actually need this summer.
A seasoned goalscorer with a proven track record is what West Ham truly require. Someone like Javier Hernandez or Carlos Bacca would be ideal, but it seems as though once again, Hammers fans will have to make do with a second-rate signing.
And if the West Ham board do part with £30 million to sign the Austria international, it will not only highlight their desperation, but will also drive the price up on any other player they want to bring to the club this summer.
They absolutely must avoid Arnautovic at all costs, even if that means more frustration for the fans in the short-term.
Stoke City's Marko Arnautovic