Stoke could name Mark Hughes as their new manager on Thursday morning, Sky sources understand.
The 49-year-old has been out of work since he was sacked by QPR in November but is close to returning to the Premier League after impressing Britannia chiefs.
He would replace Tony Pulis, who left the Potters this month by mutual consent after seven years at the helm.
Hughes was criticised for several big-money signings while at QPR but he enjoyed considerable success at Blackburn, where he secured three successive top-10 finishes and lured the likes of Roque Santa Cruz and Christopher Samba to Ewood Park for modest fees.
The Welshman left in 2008 for Manchester City, where he spent 12 months before being replaced by Roberto Mancini, and then had a spell at Fulham, before taking the reins at Loftus Road in January 2012.
He saved the club from relegation that season but was axed after a poor start to the next campaign, with successor Harry Redknapp subsequently failing to stave off the drop.
Stoke chairman Peter Coates admitted the club needed a fresh direction following Pulis's departure and sees Hughes as the man to implement a more attractive style of football.