STOKE are weighing up a move for Ghana right-back Daniel Opare.
The Augsburg defender has a host of clubs looking to snap him up in a £2.5million deal as his contract is expiring at the end of the season.
Premier League duo Everton and Watford have also shown interest in the 27-year-old filling their full-back positions.
But there is strong interest right across Europe with AC Milan in Serie A, La Liga’s Sevilla and Marseille in France all tracking his situation.
Augsburg want Opare to sign a new deal to keep him in Bundesliga, but have so far been unable to reach any kind of agreement over terms.
That leaves the club vulnerable to losing the defender on a free transfer at the end of the season – and Augsburg are now having to decide whether to cash in once the transfer window re-opens.
That has left the door open for clubs to swoop in January, with Stoke boss Mark Hughes desperate for a right wing-back.
Since Hughes switched tactics to playing three at the back, he has employed striker Mame Biram Diouf in the wide role out on the right.
But though Diouf has adapted well to his new position, he is not seen as a long term solution and Hughes would rather bring in someone more specialised in the role.
Opare can play on either flank and had spells at Real Madrid and Porto earlier in his career before heading to Germany.