Middlesbrough have agreed a deal with Portsmouth for Gary O’Neil.
Boro are understood to have offered £5million for the midfielder, and the player has travelled to the north-east to undergo a medical.
“We’ve agreed a deal with Portsmouth and pretty much agreed everything with the player,” said Boro boss Gareth Southgate.
“He’s just in the process of having a medical at the moment and we’re very hopeful it will be done.
“I didn’t think he would be available but he has now become available for various reasons at Portsmouth and he’s somebdoy I’ve been an admirer of for some time.
“It’s a position that our fans feel we’ve needed to fill for a long time. I don’t want to say anything until everything is signed and sealed but I’m very confident.