Stoke City are refusing to comment over reports that they have made a move for New England Revolution striker Juan Agudelo.
Sources in the United States are convinced the 20-year-old has signed a pre-contract agreement with the Potters and will join them after his MLS contract expires on December 31.
There has been silence on the matter, however, from the Britannia Stadium, where Americans Geoff Cameron, Brek Shea and Maurice Edu are already plying their trade.
But the possibility of a deal being pushed through in the current transfer window, with a fee, is not being dismissed by the club.
Stoke, who play their first home game under manager Mark Hughes when Genoa visit on Saturday, are believed to want to sign at least one more forward by September 2.
Peter Crouch remains linked with a possible departure, Michael Owen has retired and Cameron Jerome this week found himself embroiled in a betting controversy, which could see him hit with a ban.
Hughes is still interested in Hannover’s Mame Biram Diouf as he looks to add to summer signings Erik Pieters and Marc Muniesa before the trip to Liverpool in nine days’ time.
Diouf, a Senegal international, has an impressive record in the Bundesglia, having managed one goal in every two games, while he is approaching his prime at the age of 25.
Stoke are also thought to be considering a swoop for Troy Deeney, whose 20 goals last season helped inspire Watford to the Championship play-off final.
The striker netted the winner away to Birmingham last weekend and his club fear imminent interest from the Premier League.