Stoke City have reportedly been knocked back in their advances toward Birmingham City duo Scott Dann and Cameron Jerome.
The Blues are said to have turned down a double bid from Tony Pulis as they look toward life in the Championship.
New Birmingham manager Chris Hughton faces a tough time holding onto his players however, with Bolton Wanderers also monitoring the situation.
The Potters are looking to add some strength and Premier league experience to their squad as at present they are placed in the betting markets as more likely to be relegated than to bother the top end of the table next term.
bwin has Stoke priced as rank outsiders to win the league, with only the most ardent Potters fans likely to be tempted by the 1,000/1 odds.
However the Britannia Stadium outfit are priced at odds of 9/1 to fall through the Premier League trap door and at 33/1 to finish dead last in the league.
Pulis may be tempted to return to St Andrews with an improved offer in order to see Jerome link up with Kenwyne Jones in the Stoke attack.
Jones is currently viewed as Pulis’ biggest goal threat, with bwin offering odds of 33/1 on the big Trinidadian leading the Premier League scoring charts next term.
Pulis could also soon enter the market for an experienced goalkeeper to serve as back up to Asmir Begovic.
Thomas Sorensen was resigned to a place on the bench for much for the last campaign and the former Aston Villa and Sunderland stopper has said that while he is happy to remain at the Britannia Stadium, he would be willing to listen to offers if it meant more first team football during the latter stages of his career.
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