Stoke City’s summer transfer fortunes have thus far been mixed. It would be fair to say that Mark Hughes’ side do not need wholesale changes, but tweaking here and there could be the difference between their mid-table status and challenging for a top six spot.
The Potters thought they had sealed a real coup earlier in the window, after agreeing a fee with Bayern Munich for Swiss international Zherdan Shaqiri, only for the player to snub their advances.
Hughes has secured additions in all departments however. Chelsea’s Marko van Ginkel has made a season long-loan move to the Britannia to replace Steven Nzonzi after departing for Sevilla, as has Liverpool’s out of contract defender Glen Johnson.
In the attacking areas, Stoke have recruited Joselu from Hannover, who scored eight goals in the Bundesliga last term. But Mark Hughes’ men still lack a creative spark in their team, with Bojan still recovering from injury.
Stoke are reportedly set to remedy this with a move for Dynamo Kyiv winger, Andriy Yarmolenko. The Stoke Sentinel reports that the club are ready to smash their transfer record for the Ukrainian, with a £15million offer.
Yarmolenko was previously on Hughes’ radar but interest cooled. Now Stoke are ready to return to Kyiv for the player.
It was only on deadline day in September 2013, that Yarmolenko spurned Liverpool’s advances, after The Reds agreed a fee with the Ukrainian Club. Recently there has also been interest from Spurs.
Yarmolenko has scored 68 goals in 173 games for the Ukrainian side since 2007 and has himself stated that the time is right to move to England.
As a left-footer, Yarmolenko could provide competition for Marko Arnautovic whose stock for Stoke City continues to grow.
£15m may seem steep for a largely unproven player at the top level, but with the likes of Newcastle and West Ham making similar moves for like-minded players in Wijnaldum and Payet, it is move that may be of significant necessity.