Sunderland will complete a deal for Manchester City midfielder Jack Rodwell later today.
The Black Cats are understood to have agreed a fee of more than £10m with City and the England international was at the Academy of Light last night to undergo a medical and agree a five-year contract.
Rodwell has been a reported target for a host of Premier League clubs over the summer, with Tottenham Hotspur, Stoke City, Southampton, West Bromwich Albion, Hull City, West Ham United, Swansea City and his former employers Everton all linked with the 23-year-old.
However, it is Sunderland who have won the race for Rodwell’s signature.
The capture of a young England international who has his best years ahead of him and is regarded as one of the Premier League’s brightest talents represents a major coup for both head coach Gus Poyet and sporting director Lee Congerton.
Despite having four new signings already in place, Poyet has grown frustrated at the slow pace of progress over the summer on the transfer front.
Yet towards the end of the Black Cats’ trip to Portugal, Poyet’s mood became noticeably more upbeat.
On Saturday he was all smiles as he said he expected good news on transfers ‘within two or three days’.
It now appears Rodwell was the player he had in mind.
For the player himself, a move to Wearside could be the perfect platform to kick-start his career after he found himself pushed to the margins at Man City.
Rodwell cost £12m when he left Goodison Park to join City in 2012, but struggled to force his way into the star-studded midfield line-up at the Etihad and has made just seven Premier League starts - and scored two goals - in his time at the club.
While Sunderland look to have succeeded with Rodwell another target, Cardiff City’s Jordon Mutch, is poised to join QPR after the Welsh side accepted a £6m bid from the Londoners.
Sunderland had a £3.5m bid for Mutch turned down earlier in the summer.
Reports linking the Wearsiders with an interest in 33-year-old former Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o are well wide of the mark.