Tony Pulis is hopeful Stoke can seal the permanent transfer of Jermaine Pennant from Real Zaragoza.
The 27-year-old winger is currently on loan to the Potters from Zaragoza and Pulis has made no secret of wanting to keep the former Birmingham and Liverpool man at the club.
While he insists the Potters will not be held to ransom in their attempts to keep the winger, he is hopeful a deal can be done.
Speaking after the home defeat to Fulham, Pulis told Sky Sports: "I think the two clubs are getting closer and I think we've got them to drop their price a bit.
"But I think it was always going to be this - I think there was going to be brinkmanship right up until the last minute.
"The fact of the matter is we've stuck on what we think is the right price for him and fingers crossed we'll get him at that price."
Pennant was one of Stoke's better performers in the defeat to the Cottagers and Pulis hailed his display and overall attitude.
He added: "He's done very well today - he's created lots of opportunities, lots of chances for us, got a lot of balls in the box.
"He's been good for us, he's a good lad, he works hard and his attitude is excellent."