Sky Sports News understands Stoke have lodged a £5million offer for Cardiff midfielder Joe Ledley.
However, their attempts to take the Wales international to Britannia Stadium appear destined to fail.
The Bluebirds have made it clear that the 21-year-old is not for sale at any price and will not be leaving the club before the closure of the transfer window.
Reports had previously suggested that a £5million approach could be enough to tempt the Championship outfit to part with their prize asset.
Wolves and Everton were both believed to have failed with bids of around £3million in January.
Tony Pulis is keen to get bodies on board at The Potters as he looks to piece together a Squad capable of maintaining their top flight status.
However, it appears the Stoke boss will be forced to accept defeat in his pursuit of Ledley.
"Cardiff City can officially confirm that we have received a bid for midfielder Joe Ledley," read a statement on Cardiff's official website.
"We have spoken to the player and the club concerned to reinforce that fact Joe Ledley is not for sale and is an integral part of our squad."