Stoke are considering hijacking David Nugent's move to Ipswich as they bid to bounce back from surrendering top spot in the Championship.
Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp has given Nugent permission to leave Fratton Park and a move to Ipswich appeared imminent after the two clubs came to an agreement over the striker's loan fee and wages.
However, Nugent has been stalling over a move to east Anglia and the Tractor Boys are growing concerned that he used his groin injury as an excuse.
The 22-year-old has admitted he has suffered from homesickness since joining Pompey from Preston and it is believed he may have been waiting on an offer from a northern team.
A move to Stoke would therefore appeal to Nugent but Tony Pulis baulked when he was told what the Potters would have to pay, according to the Evening Star.
However, Sunday's 3-0 defeat at QPR made it two straight defeats for Stoke and, after missing out on Scott Sinclair, Pulis could turn to Nugent as the Welshman seeks the final 'impact' player he has outlined the need for.
Town boss Jim Magilton has given Nugent until Tuesday to decide upon his destination.
"We don't want it to be hanging on for either party so we will see where we are on Tuesday," he told Sky Sports News.