Stoke City have confirmed that Sunderland striker Kenwyne Jones is holding talks with boss Tony Pulis and chief executive Tony Scholes about a possible transfer to the Britannia Stadium.
The 25-year-old Trinidad and Tobago international had a short spell on loan with the Potters in the 2005-06 season, scoring three times in 13 starts for the club.
It is believed that the move could become a possibility for a fee in the region of £9million as Pulis looks to improve on his team's mid-table finishes in each of the last two campaigns.
Jones was condemned for a poor display in Sunday's 3-1 pre-season defeat at Hoffenheim and appears resigned to leaving Wearside.
Jones only signed a new four-and-a-half year deal with Sunderland in January when Tottenham were rumoured to be interested in snapping him up.
He moved to Sunderland from Southampton for £6million three years ago and has gone on to score 28 goals in 101 appearances for the club.
Meanwhile, Stoke boss Pulis still plans to offload Dave Kitson and James Beattie before the end of this month.