Stamford Bridge new boy could go to the Britannia Stadium.
Stoke City will make a last ditch effort to sign Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku on-loan for the season after failing in a bid for Tottenham Hotspur’s Peter Crouch.
Potters boss Tony Pulis wants to strengthen his squad before tomorrow’s deadline and wants the exciting 18-year-old at the Britannia.
The Belgium international only moved to Stamford Bridge earlier this month and made his debut as a late substitute against Norwich City on Saturday.
The two clubs are now believed to be in discussions over a loan deal, with Chelsea apparently open to the idea of letting him go on a short-term basis, according to Sky Sports.
Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas feels he has enough attacking options at his disposal for the foreseeable future with Didier Drogba, Fernando Torres, Nicolas Anelka and Daniel Sturridge.
Lukaku would also benefit from gaining experience of English football by playing more regularly at Stoke.
Stoke want to maintain the progress they have made over the past few years in the Premier League, whist coping with the demands of a Europa League campaign.
A number of names have been linked with a move to the Britannia Stadium and it is understood that Lukaku has been identified as a possible transfer target.
It is understood that Stoke are also in pole position to sign Cameron Jerome< from Birmingham ahead of Fulham.
Pulis does look to have missed out on Crouch, with the England international preferring to remain at White Hart Lane and fight for his place.