Stoke have reportedly rejected an offer from Norwich for the services of Jonathan Walters.
Reports suggest the Canaries are targeting the 31-year-old as they step up their search for attacking players, but the opening offer was turned down flat.
The versatile forward has a year left on his contract at the Britannia Stadium and talks over a new deal have not progressed - meaning his future remains uncertain.
This latest news prompted the Canaries to launch a £1.5million move for the Republic of Ireland international ahead of the two teams' meeting at Carrow Road this weekend.
However, the offer for Walters was quickly rejected by Mark Hughes' side, with the manager viewing the experienced forward as a key member of his squad - a notion that is supported by the stats.
Already the former Ipswich man has emerged as the club's most creative player this term - fashioning five key passes in total - while he has won 50% of his take ons, drawing four fouls in the process.
Despite a host of new signings at the club this summer, Hughes is adamant that Walters remains crucial to his plans.