Sunderland hope to complete the signing of striker David Ngog from Liverpool for around £5million in the next week.
Ngog was offered to the Black Cats as part of the deal that saw Jordan Henderson move to Anfield earlier this month but in the end the Frenchman stayed at Anfield for the time being.
However, Steve Bruce is keen on landing the 22-year-old and hopes to wrap up the deal in the next seven days.
Ngog has been deemed surplus to requirements at Liverpool by boss Kenny Dalglish and will be allowed to move on in a deal that is set to be worth around £5million.
The striker, who has scored nine league goals in three seasons for the Reds, could get an immediate chance to face his old club if the transfer goes through as Sunderland travel to Anfield on the opening day of the new campaign.
Liverpool host Sunderland in the opening day of the 2011/12 Premier League season.