Stoke City is in talks with former West Ham defender Matthew Upson and could announce the signing of the England international on Tuesday.

Upson has been searching for a new club since his contract at West Ham expired and the 32-year-old now looks set to earn a return to the Premier League with Stoke.

Tony Pulis has been searching for a fourth centre-half - he currently only has Robert Huth, Ryan Shawcross and Jonathan Woodgate - and has turned his attention to Upson after giving up hope of landing Birmingham's Scott Dann.

Upton was holding talks at the Britannia Stadium on Tuesday and is expected to sign in time to go into the Potters' squad to face Chelsea this weekend.