That is the view from the Potteries on a transfer saga that’s conclusion seems increasingly likely to end in a happy one for the Hammers.
Slaven Bilic has endured some frustration in the transfer market so far this summer, especially in his pursuit of a striker.
But with Joe Hart now on board things are looking a bit more positive at the London Stadium and Arnautovic could soon join the England keeper in east London.
West Ham are confident they can get a deal tied up for the Austrian within the next 48 hours after submitting a third bid for the winger, thought to be a club-record £23m.
Personal terms are understood to have been agreed already, with wages of £85,000 a week plus add-ons on the table.
Arnautovic wants the move and the deal could be done by the weekend, with the player due to have a medical at the Hammers imminently.
So what do they think of the imminent transfer up in Stoke? Well is seems to be being viewed with a sense of inevitably now – as a column by Martin Smith in the Stoke Sentinel describes.
Focusing on the attacker’s exit, Smith states: “He’s someone who’s been very important to the club over the past couple of seasons, having been involved in the scoring and creating of more goals than any other Stoke player, and he did commit to the club last summer when many had predicted he would leave.
“His departure now seems inevitable though and all we’re doing is wrangling the best possible price out of West Ham. It’s a very sad state of affairs but if he doesn’t want to stay then he can go.
“Arnie’s whole game is based around the heart he puts into his efforts and if that heart no longer beats for the red and white stripes then there’s no point in him being with us.
“The fact that he signed on again last year means that we can negotiate his departure now from a position of real strength and we may as well cash in while we have someone keen enough to pay top price for him.
“It’ll be extra funds in the bank and, of course, it’ll be exactly the type of opportunity which Ramadan Sobhi has been waiting for.”