Stoke manager Tony Pulis is after Peter Crouch, in his campaign to land a star striker of an England international standard.
The Potters failed in their bid to bring Carlton Cole to the Britannia Stadium when the 27-year-old quibbled over the wages, after West Ham had agreed to let him go for £6 million.
But Stoke have raised the budget this time around, and offers of £10 million are being suggested for Crouch.
The bids will have to be ambitious as the six foot seven inch player is said to be happy at Tottenham, but if Harry Redknapp signs Adebayor, who is despondent at Manchester City, then there may well be an overcrowded bench at White Hart Lane.
QPR's interest in Crouch has waned due to a lack of funds at the newly promoted club. This means the 30-year-old striker could join Jonathan Woodgate on his journey from the North London club to Stoke City, who have established themselves in the Barclays Premier League over the past few seasons.
Stoke chairman Peter Coates was "confident" that the squad will find striking abillity by the end of the transfer window.
"It is true a striker remains Tony's priority and we would expect that to happen," he said. "We are confident we will be able to improve the squad before the deadline closes and there is a long way to go before that happens of course.
"We are working on a few things, but football is a messy business and these things take time."
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