Stoke City chairman Peter Coates says the club are determined to keep hold of goalkeeper Asmir Begovic this summer.
Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov wants to return to Italy to play in Serie A.
Both Brighton and Middlesbrough have been pushing for a deal for the 25-year-old, who has one-year left on his current deal at the John Smith's Stadium.
Now Brighton have pushed ahead and are close to agreeing a deal worth in excess of £1.5million for the former Mancehster City and Leeds man.
Brighton chief Sami Hyypia targeted Clayton earlier in the summer and is now set to land one of his main transfer targets.