Newly-promoted Cardiff City want Stoke striker Kenwyne Jones to spearhead their attack in the Premier League next season.
Jones has struggled for regular first-team football at the Britannia Stadium this season and looks sure to move on at the end of the season, with the Bluebirds thought to be keen.
South Wales rivals Swansea were interested in the Trinidad and Tobago star during the January transfer window but the two clubs could not agree a fee and he ended up staying at the Britannia Stadium.
However, Potters boss Tony Pulis is ready to cash in on the striker at the end of the season as he looks to shake things up following a disappointing second half to the campaign.
Swansea may come back in for the striker but will have to battle with Cardiff who are after a proven Premier League striker to help them stay in the division.
Cardiff will get Prem-ready with £7m punt on Stoke striker Kenwyne Jones .
By Darren Lewis
Kenwy fix it?
Cardiff want to make £7million Kenwyne Jones their first Premier League signing.
Bluebirds owner Vincent Tan is desperate to make his mark in the top flight next season and is ready to back manager Malky Mackay in his bid to land the Stoke frontman.
Tan said: “We do not want to be a one-season wonder. Malky Mackay has a lot of things to do.
“We must support his work and be positive. We want the best for Cardiff City.
“We are in the Premier League and understand it is going to be difficult, but we will do everything we can to keep our place there.
“We want Cardiff City to be known as a Premier League club and there is work to be done.”
The Championship winners want to add Jones’s experience to their frontline and believe they can help him to regain his scoring touch.
The Trinidad and Tobago marksman, 28, hit just one league goal in 21 games last year and this season has scored just three times in 25 League appearances.
Stoke are ready to sell at the right price with boss Tony Pulis ready to revamp his with the funds he will recoup.