Following up on supposed attention from Liverpool, Stoke City are also showing an interest in Blackburn midfielder, Steven N’Zonzi.
The Potters brought Wilson Palacios in over the summer but are expected to see a number of exits from the club in 2012, in what is a crowded looking midfield.
Palacios was purchased for a believed fee of around £6.5m but has missed a large portion of the season due to knee injuries and only made his debut for the club in late December.
Blackburn may have had a miserable first half to the Premier League season but N’Zonzi has been one of the brighter features in an otherwise dim side.
The former France Under-21 midfielder has started in 19 of the Latics 21 Premier League games this season, making 4 assists.
Tony Pulis has made great strides at the Brittania Stadium this campaign, doing well to juggle the requirements of the Europa League whilst maintaining a healthy top-half performance in the Premier League.
The Welshman will be keen to carry on his club’s form in the second half of the season and sees a cut-price deal for N’Zonzi as ammunition to do just that.
His Blackbrun counterpart, Steve Kean, won’t be keen to let go of his holding midfielder but should Stoke meet the player’s asking price of £4.5, they may be forced to cash in.
The current struggles of the club mean that morale will be at its lowest at Ewood Park and Pulis will be hoping that the promise of European football will be enough to lure the 23 year-old away from relegation-threatened Rovers.