Stoke City are ready to move for England striker Dean Ashton, Sky Sports News understands.
The Potters are looking to add to their squad and build on their successful first season in the Premier League.
City boss Tony Pulis has already confirmed he would love to bring Michael Owen to The Britannia Stadium - but a move for Ashton could be more viable.
Ashton missed most of last season through injury, but Pulis is keen to make a move for the former Crewe man, and it is believed West Ham would consider selling.
Ashton has stated that he is ready to return to pre-season training early to ensure he is fully fit for the new Premier League season.