Sunderland and Crystal Palace are interested in signing Stoke City midfielder Glenn Whelan, according to a report in the Irish Independent.
Whelan's future at the Britannia Stadium has become uncertain because of his contract situation. Although the experienced campaigner remains part of Mark Hughes's plans at Stoke, his current deal runs out in the summer and he is unsatisfied with the deal being presented to him by the Potters.
Stoke are only offering the 30-year-old a year's extension to his current deal and he is seeking further security than that.
Whelan feels he deserves a better offer due to the loyalty that he has shown the Potters, where he has been since 2008.
His reluctance to sign a contract extension means that he could be available at a cut-price, with Stoke understandably unhappy to lose him on a free transfer.
Palace and Sunderland are now said to be looking to take advantage of this situation as they feel that Whelan could be a cheap option to upgrade their squads.
The Republic of Ireland international is blessed with great power and his presence is something which Neil Warnock and Gus Poyet feel is missing in their current line-ups.
Whelan is reportedly on a £35,000-a-week deal at Stoke and it would be likely that either of the interested parties would at least have to match this wage if they are to be able to secure his signature.