Stoke City launch late bid to sign Manchester City's Wilfried Bony
Stoke City have a launched a late bid to sign Manchester City's Wilfried Bony.
Bony has been targeted by Mark Hughes for a loan move to the Potteries, with City understood to be demanding a fee of around £2million for the Ivory Coast international.
Stoke are desperate for more attacking options and have had discussions with City but will need to reach an agreement over wages before completing a deal.
Bony earns over £110,000 a week at the Etihad Stadium and Stoke will need Manchester City to still keeping a substantial portion of his salary if they are to sign him.
Their bid to sign the 27-year-old is further complicated by interest from a number of other Premier League clubs but Stoke are battling to seal a move before Wednesday's deadline.
Saido Berahino remains on Hughes's radar but their hopes of signing the forward depend on West Bromwich Albion bringing in at least one striker of their own.
Stoke are also ready to sanction some departures before the window closes, with £5.75million striker Joselu facing an uncertain future.
Joselu has not played a single minute for Hughes this season and will be made available if Stoke sign a striker. It is believed the Spanish striker has already turned down the chance to join Newcastle.
Philipp Wollscheid could also leave while it is thought there is interest in USA international Geoff Cameron.