It is becoming increasingly likely that Kenwyne Jones will be transferred from Sunderland to Stoke City in a £9million deal this month.
The Trinidad and Tobago international has been a long-time target of Potters boss Tony Pulis who is keen to improve on his team’s mid-table finishes in each of the last two campaigns.
Jones was condemned for a poor display in Sunday’s 3-1 pre-season defeat at Hoffenheim and appears resigned to leaving Wearside.
Black Cats boss Steve Bruce will step up his pursuit of Manchester United’s Danny Welbeck on a loan move if Jones leaves the Stadium of Light.
Jones only signed a new four-and-a-half year deal with Sunderland in January when Tottenham were rumoured to be interested in snapping him up.
He moved to Sunderland from Southampton for £6million three years ago and has gone on to score 28 goals in 101 appearances for the club.
Stoke boss Pulis is continuing his attempts to offload Dave Kitson and James Beattie which would give him the capability to sign Jones.