Tony Pulis is still looking to bring Michael Owen to Stoke, with the experienced striker remaining in the free agent pool.
No deal for the former England international was put in place before the summer transfer deadline, but he is currently without a club and can agree terms with a new employer at any time.
Interest in the 32-year-old, who was released by Manchester United at the end of last season, has intensified since the window closed.
With Premier League managers aware that they face the prospect of working with what they already have until the New Year, free agents have become a more enticing proposition.
Owen is among the more high-profile players still up for grabs and has been linked with a return to Liverpool in the wake of their failure to make striking additions.
Pulis, though, admits he would welcome the opportunity to snap up a proven goalscorer on a pay-as-you-play agreement.
"I would love to sign Michael," he told The Sentinel.
"If we can do it, we will do it, and do it on the basis that we did with Jonathan Woodgate and players like that.
"If he's in the team he will get paid, and if he isn't he won't get paid so much."