Stoke are in negotiations to sign West Ham United striker Carlton Cole and former Tottenham defender Jonathan Woodgate, the club have confirmed.
Cole has been linked with a move to Stoke since the Hammers' relegation from the Premier League and a deal could now be completed, for an initial fee of around £4.5 million.
Stoke chairman Peter Coates said: "Cole's a player the club is interested in and Tony Pulis has liked him for a long time, we think he's a very good player.
"It's not done and dusted but it's work in progress. He's a player the club is interested in and Tony Pulis has liked him for a long time, we think he's a very good player.''
Meanwhile, Coates has admitted free agent Woodgate, who was released by Spurs this summer following a couple of injury-hit seasons, is interesting the club with a view to a pay-as-you-play deal.
Coates told talkSPORT: "We're working on that and it's something we're prepared to do. It's work in progress but we're taking a risk. We hope we'll be able to do something.''
The former Middlesbrough, Leeds, Newcastle, Real Madrid and Tottenham defender's career has been plagued by injury.