Britannia Stadium want capital stars.
Stoke City are preparing a £14million double raid for Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United strikers Peter Crouch and Carlton Cole.
The Potters want to build on the success of last season, which saw them make an appearance in the FA Cup final and enter into Europe, via the Europa League.
Crouch, 30, may be forced out of White Hart Lane with boss Harry Redknapp wanting to add more firepower to his squad and an £8million bid could be enough to persuade Spurs to sell.
Roman Pavlyuchenko, Jermain Defoe and Robbie Keane are all on the shelf this summer as chairman Daniel Levy has told Redknapp to sell before buying.
Stoke manager Tony Pulis is also keen to resurrect his deal for Upton Park hit-man Cole, after a £6million transfer collapsed over personal terms.
The 27-year-old is thought to be on around £40,000 at present, with a large goal bonus and is unwilling to take a hefty pay cut.
But Pulis wants to sign five new players before the start of the season with Crouch’s team-mate Wilson Palacios, Mohammed Sissoko and Scott Dann all on the radar.
“If by the end of August we haven’t got four or five players in who can come in to the side and improve us, I will be very disappointed,” said the Stoke boss.
“It’s massively important not to be caught standing still, so we definitely want to be active if we can.”