Stoke chairman Peter Coates says the decision over whether Charlie Adam is allowed to join Burnley will be made by boss Mark Hughes.
The Clarets are stepping up their interest in Adam and the fact Coates has opened up about the matter is a clear indication that a deal could happen.
Adam has been an influential player for the Potters since arriving from Liverpool, and has qualities that Burnley boss Sean Dyche would dearly love to have in his squad next season.
Coates is a huge fan of Adam and would like him to stay, but it will be down to Hughes to have the final say if the Clarets firm up their interest and make a bid.
“I’m a big fan of Charlie, I have to admit because he’s made a great contribution to the club in his four years here, both on and off the field,” Coates said.
“However, any decision on who leaves the club is quite clearly down to the manager and he will always have our full support on such decisions.”
Adam still has a year to run on his contract at the Britannia Stadium so the 30-year-old will not come cheap and Stoke may hold out for a sizeable fee.