As the international break rolls on, Stoke City remain in the lowly position of 14th in the Championship after 17 matches.
They are one of the lowest scorers in the division with 19 goals to their name and sit right in the middle of the table – six points between both the top six and the bottom three.
With January approaching, Gary Rowett will be looking to add to his side to fire them back into form and up the table towards a late tilt at grabbing a play-off place.
There are several areas that Stoke could strengthen but it is in the forward areas where they need to bolster the most.
Benik Afobe, a summer arrival from Wolves, has scored five goals this term but none of his goals have seen him be on the winning side this term.
Journalist Alan Biggs issued an update that Sheffield United are keen on Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe, and despite his age, he is undoubtedly a player that would score the necessary goals that the Potters need to move them up the table, should they be interested.
With that said, here are three reasons why Stoke should join Sheffield Utd in the race to sign Defoe.