The Rams said they were now in talks with the Potters regarding Rowett, with compensation likely to be one of the major hurdles which must be overcome before he can move clubs.
Stoke, however, were left frustrated on that occasion and turned to Paul Lambert, who was unable to steer the club away from relegation, winning only two of his 15 matches, which prompted the Stoke board to let him leave on Friday.
Gary Rowett, the Derby County manager, is "poised to get" the Stoke City job, according to the Daily Mirror (live blog update 03:10).
"But having played for Derby and lived in the area, my aim has always been to do it with this club".
Should Stoke come calling this summer then the 44-year-old will have a big decision to make.
Derby were beaten 2-1 on aggregate by Fulham in the play-off semi-finals.
However, a lack of funds means it's unlikely that he'll be able to significantly bolster his squad during a summer which he could well lose some of his key players.
And sources close to Rowett believe he is keen to take on the task of getting Stoke back to the Premier League at the first time of asking, with Derby set to look at a more budgeted approach next season - despite making the play-offs.
Stoke City are ramping up their search for a new manager.
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