Gus Poyet is confident Brighton & Hove Albion are edging nearer towards re-signing Newcastle United winger Kazenga LuaLua.
The 19-year-old impressed during a loan spell at the Withdean Stadium last season and made 11 appearances in League One.
Seagulls boss Poyet has been trying to set up a deal to bring LuaLua back to the club and is now optimistic a deal is close to being agreed.
"I won't say it's close until it's done, but we are getting there," Poyet told The Argus. "We have got a chance now. I'm confident. I was confident all the time.
"The problem is when you set up a pre-season we want as many players as possible as early as possible.
"We are one week from the start so, of course, if you cannot get him early, you get him any time.
"It looks like it could be a loan more than anything. A season's loan would be perfect."