Stoke are watching developments at West Brom closely as they still hope to wrap up a deal for Baggies striker Saido Berahino.
Stoke’s chances of doing a deal for Berahino suffered a huge blow when Albion pulled the plug on a £16million club-record deal for West Ham’s Diafra Sakho last week.
That move would have cleared the way for Berahino to move on, and Potters boss Mark Hughes is hoping they push through another striker deal as soon as possible.
Reports are now rife that West Brom are lining up a move for Aston Villa striker Jordan Ayew, and again such a deal would allow Berahino to head for the exit door.
But they are preparing to face strong resistance from Villa who are not keen to sell the Ghana international, and have already rejected an £8m bid for Ayew from German club Hamburg.
Meanwhile, West Ham, who have already signed Andre Ayew from Swansea, are also keen to land his brother from Villa, and could potentially throw another spanner in the works.