Stoke are trying to complete a double swoop for Bolton pair Lee Chung-Yong and Marcos Alonso before the transfer window shuts.
Tony Pulis is desperate to strengthen his side and he has earmarked the Bolton pair, although the Potters boss is currently refusing to meet the £5m asking price for Lee.
The South Korean impressed at Bolton after moving to the club in 2009 but suffered a broken leg during a pre-season game in the summer of 2011 and was unable to prevent their relegation to the Championship.
Stoke are thought to be unwilling to pay £5m for the 24-year-old, preferring either a lower fee or a part-exchange deal.
Pulis is also attempting to fight off interest from Italy in Alonso, brother of former Liverpool and current Real Madrid star Xabi Alonso.
The Spaniard is out of contract at the end of the season and both Fiorentina and Palermo have offered the defender pre-contract agreements that would see him move to Italy in the summer.
But Bolton would sell him now for £500,000 - a figure that Stoke are again unwilling to pay, hoping to drive it down to nearer £200,000.
Talks are continuing, though, and both could be on their way to the Britannia Stadium before the end of the day.