Kieron Dyer is set to complete a move from Newcastle to West Ham after the two clubs agreed an undisclosed fee.
The £6m-rated 28-year-old midfielder wants to move south for “family reasons”.
Magpies boss Sam Allardyce said: “We’ve agreed a deal so you would have thought he will end up where he needs to be in order to solve his family problems.
“From our point of view and from his it’s a satisfactory result.
“There was a need to do it as quickly as we possibly could and we’ve worked all out to do that and we’ve finally resolved the situation.”
Dyer saw his position at Newcastle become virtually untenable when irate fans pelted his house with eggs.
The exit of Dyer could lead to Newcastle making a move for Manchester United striker Alan Smith.
“My job now is to replace Dyer, which shouldn’t take too long I don’t think, and then move on to other players in other positions as quickly as I can or at the same time,” stated Allardyce.
“I think we’ll be close by the end of the week to maybe one or two players, I would hope.
“Then after that I would look to get at least another two or maybe three in because if Kieron goes, whoever comes in to replace him, that’s only one for one, so it’s not actually improving the squad in terms of strength in depth.
“There’s still three or four players need to be got on top of whoever we replace Kieron with.”