Leroy Fer is in the North East now holding talks with Sunderland, the Echo understands.
The Black Cats made a move last week to sign Fer on a season-long loan from relegated QPR, with the Championship outfit keen to remove the Dutch international from the wage bill.
But it’s unlikely the deal will be confirmed today.
There has also been interest in Fer – the cousin of Sunderland left-back Patrick van Aanholt – from PSV and West Ham.
But Sunderland are closing in on sealing the deal with Fer understood to be heading to Wearside today to discuss personal terms and undergo a medical.
Fer is one of two midfielders that Sunderland are confident of landing before the start of the season, with the Black Cats close to finalising a deal for Yann M’Vila.
French international M’Vila will join on a season-long loan from Russian club Ruben Kazan, potentially with a view to a longer-team deal, and the switch could be completed within the next 48 hours.