Cape Town - Mark Hughes admits that if a move for West Brom's Saido Berahino doesn't materialise then he'll have to turn his attentions elsewhere for a new striker.
The Baggies reportedly turned down an offer of £20 million from Stoke for the 23-year-old former England Under-21 international with Hughes accepting that any deal is out of his hands.
The Potters' boss has already snapped up Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen, Al Ahly midfielder Ramadan Sobhi and AFC Wimbledon defender Ryan Sweeney, but is still keen to beef up his strike force.
Hughes told a press conference: "It is no secret that we have made bids and have an interest in Berahino but it is not in our hands.
"He is obviously a player of another club and if they don't want to sell, or have no intention of selling, then there is nothing we can do to affect that.
"We just have to be patient and if the situation changes then we will be ready to sit down and talk, I'm sure, but in the last few weeks that doesn't seem to have moved on to any great extent.
"He is an outstanding young talent but you need a lot of boxes ticked and all the ducks in a row before any deal happens. At the moment that is not where we are.
"If it happens we will be delighted. If it doesn't we will move on to (other) targets that we have."
Stoke kick off their Premier League campaign away to newly-promoted Middlesbrough on Saturday.