Skysports.com understands Middlesbrough are closing in on the signing of Scunthorpe star Gary Hooper.
Hooper has found himself one of the most sought-after transfer targets this summer after impressing at Glanford Park over the last few seasons.
The likes of Celtic, Wigan and Derby have all been credited with an interest in Hooper, but Middlesbrough are hoping to win the race for his signature by luring him to Teesside.
Boro boss Gordon Strachan is thought to be a big admirer of Hooper and he has made him one of his top targets this summer.
Scuthorpe are resigned to losing Hooper with the player having just a year to run on his contract and it is understood Boro have met their valuation for the forward.
Strachan is keen to bolster his attacking options and he is hopeful of finalising a deal for Hooper.