Stoke City are closing on the signing of Andrew Davies after agreeing a deal with Southampton.
Davies only joined Saints from Middlesbrough last October and has made 25 appearances during his time at St Mary's.
The 23-year-old has not featured under new Southampton boss Jan Poortvliet after undergoing a knee operation over the summer.
However, he is now being offered a move back to the Premier League after Stoke chief Tony Pulis confirmed he wants the centre-half.
"We are speaking to Southampton and we have agreed a deal with them," said Pulis in The Sentinel.
"He's got good experience, but is also a young lad with good legs.
"You need that in the Premier League, but we will see because the deal is not finalised yet.
"We also need to get a bit more Premier League experience in and we have been working hard to do that."