Stoke have handed a trial to former Portsmouth midfielder Aliou Cisse.
Cisse is looking for a new club after being released by Pompey at the end of last season.
The Senegal international had a trial at Leeds United earlier this summer, but a move to Elland Road failed to materialise.
Stoke boss Tony Pulis is keen to strengthen his squad and will cast an eye over Cisse in training.
Cisse will be hoping to impress Pulis when he lines out for the club's reserves against Sheffield Wednesday this week.
Meanwhile, Pulis has revealed Sam Ellis will continue in his role as coach for on a long-term basis.
"Big Sam is going to stay with us for the foreseeable future and I'm delighted about that because he has soon moulded in well and brings a wealth of experience with him," said Pulis.
"He's been at big clubs like Man City and Leeds, so knows how to handle all kind s of players.
"He blends in well with younger coaches like Mark O'Connor and cert ainly isn't a 'yes' man. "I like his blunt Northern approach and prefer him to say it how it is."