Have Stoke got the better deal by offloading Marko Arnautovic and getting Jese Rodriguez?

Mark Hughes, Manager of Stoke City and Slaven Bilic, Manager of West Ham United speak prior to the Premier League match between Stoke City and West Ham United at Bet365 Stadium on April 29,...

Stoke City fans were not happy when Marko Arnautovic was sold to West Ham United, but are they about to have the last laugh?

Regarded as one of the Potters' best players of the last decade, Arnautovic was sold to Premier League midtable rivals West Ham for around £25m last month.

The signing was heralded by Hammers fans and Slaven Bilic as just what the club needed while some voiced concerns over attitude and a lack of consistency.

West Ham United's Austrian midfielder Marko Arnautovic (L) vies with Manchester United's Ecuadorian midfielder Antonio Valencia during the English Premier League football match between...Marko Arnautovic failed to impress on his West Ham debut... but he wasn't alone

Arnautovic may yet turn out to be a steal but his debut in a 4-0 defeat at Manchester United on Sunday invited a furious reaction from supporters on Twitter - the price of being a club's record signing.

And Stoke fans could end up having the last laugh with Mark Hughes reportedly close to sealing the signing of former Real Madrid academy graduate Jese Rodriguez from Paris Saint Germain, as reported by the likes of Sky Sports.

According to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague, Jese - who was loaned out to Las Palmas by PSG last season - will join Stoke on a one-year loan deal.

Balague is backing the former Real Madrid attacker to revitalise his career at the Bet365 Stadium and says his progression has only been slowed by injury and an infection during his recovery.

Lorenzo Pellegrini #7 of AS Roma is pursued by Marquinhos #5 of Paris Saint-Germain, Layvin Kurzawa #20 of Paris Saint-Germain and Jese #22 of Paris Saint-Germain and Marquinhos #5 of...Jese in action for Paris Saint-Germain, who are loaning him to Stoke

Arnautovic is a proven Premier League player and there is an element of risk to Stoke signing Jese - although that is lessened by the fact it is only a loan deal.

But at 24, the Spaniard is four years younger than the Austrian he is replacing and boasts genuine lightning pace.

If he gets it right at Stoke Bilic may be left wondering why he did not go in for a player he was linked with this time last summer.

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