Stoke close in on left back

Stoke City are looking to bolster their defensive options with the signing of Jeremy Mathieu, 

The Potters know the full back well after he featured against them in their Europa League tie back in February 2012.

First team left back Marc Wilson is due to return to full fitness before the end of the season, but until then Stoke have had to use stand in Mark Wilkinson to fill the gap.

It is thought a bid will be tabled in the next few days.