Liverpool striker David N'Gog's £4million move to Bolton Wanderers could be off after Stoke City emerged as late contenders for the player's signature according to the Daily Mirror.
The 22-year-old Frenchman's £40,000-a-week wages are believed to be the stumbling point of a deal taking him to the Reebok Stadium, and Potters boss Tony Pulis is ready to pounce.
Reds boss Kenny Dalglish has indicated N'Gog would be allowed to leave Anfield this transfer window, as Liverpool look to complete one final piece of business with the signing of a new striker to rival the likes of Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll.
Stoke are also rumoured to be preparing a bid for Tottenham's Peter Crouch, who has been told by Spurs boss Harry Redknapp he is free to leave White Hart Lane if he wishes, amid additional interest from Sunderland.
Reports this morning from Sky Sports News suggest that Nicklas Bendtner is at the Britannia Stadium, undergoing talks about a move to Stoke, which if completed will more than likely end interest in Liverpool's N'Gog.