Stoke City: Glenn Whelan could be sold to finance Charlie Adam purchase
STOKE City could sell Glenn Whelan to Wolves today to help finance the purchase of Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam, The Sentinel understands.
Irishman Whelan, aged 28, could fetch upwards of £2m as Tony Pulis seeks ways of accommodating Adam's arrival for around £5m.
Pulis is also trying to juggle other members of his squad as the club's hierarchy bid to complete between up to six transactions ahead of tonight's 11pm transfer deadline.
Whelan, who has played 165 times for Stoke since a £500,000 move from Sheffield Wednesday in January 2008, was omitted from Capital One Cup defeat by Swindon this week.
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Adam, meanwhile, is seen by Pulis as the man to add a touch of class and craft to a Stoke midfield branded as competitive but pedestrian by critics.
The Scotland international re-built his career at Blackpool before being signed by Kenny Dalglish 12 months ago, but the arrival of Brendan Rodgers as Liverpool manager this summer soon left him looking like a potential departure to raise transfer revenue at Anfield.
Accommodating the talented 26-year-old into what has traditionally been a more workmanlike line-up will represent one of Pulis's biggest tactical challenges.
The Coates family have long insisted that Pulis will have to largely generate his own transfer kitty by reducing his playing squad.
But the deal for Adam, which was still making progress going into today's final hours of business, is proof that they are still willing to partially finance their manager's search for greater quality.
News of Stoke's interest in Adam has switched attention from their pursuit of Tom Huddlestone, but no-one at the Britannia is completely ruling it out as a fall-back option should Tottenham have a change of heart over the loan terms.
Others floating across Stoke's radar have included Manchester City's out-of-favour forward Roque Santa Cruz in a loan deal.
The name of Nicklas Bendtner has drifted out of contention, however.
Stoke have to submit their 25-man squad list to the Premier League by 5pm on Tuesday.
They can still add free agents, like striker Michael Owen, to the list after that date, but only if there is less than 25 names on it and they haven't deliberately left out senior players to accommodate any future signings.
Former Rangers midfielder Maurice Edu has completed his first full training session with his new Stoke team-mates, but is not expected to feature at Wigan Athletic tomorrow (3pm).
Winger Matthew Etherington remains Stoke's biggest injury worry ahead of tomorrow's trip north.
He has missed Stoke's last two outings with hamstring problems and will undergo a late fitness test.