Stoke chairman Peter Coates has confirmed that the club have had a bid accepted by West Ham for Carlton Cole.
The England international slipped out of the Premier League with the Hammers last season and was expected to be among those heading out of the club this summer.
He is a proven top flight performer and there was always going to be plenty of potential suitors willing to offer him a route back to the big time.
Stoke have been linked with an approach for much of the transfer window, with Tony Pulis known to be in the market for attacking talent.
He has now made his move for Cole, with a formal bid on the table.
The finer details of that offer are acceptable to West Ham and it is now be up to the Potters to thrash out personal terms with the 27-year-old.
Coates told Sky Sports News: "We're still on the case. The (coaching) team is away at the moment and will be back on Thursday. Tony (Pulis) likes to be around for these things.
"We've done a deal with the club, it now needs his input with the player - because he likes to talk to them and make sure they aren't bored and he's not bored and everything is okay from his point of view. We see that as work in progress and hope something can be done.
"We have agreed a deal with West Ham, that's done, it's now about agreeing with Carlton and his agent."
Coates revealed that Stoke have been chasing Cole for some time and insists they have no concerns regarding his long-term fitness.
He added: "He has got an injury problem and he's always had that. That's another risk you take, you have to factor that in, but he's a good player and Tony has always liked him. Managers like different players don't they and Tony has always liked him.
"I think we have tried to sign him about three times over the last few years without succeeding. Maybe we'll get somewhere this year."
Should Cole complete a switch to Stoke, he could be joined at the Britannia Stadium by Cameron Jerome.
Skysports.com understands the Potters are still in talks with the Birmingham forward and are hopeful of reaching an agreement.