John Mensah's agent is confident his client will be heading back to Sunderland for the new season.
The Ghanaian centre-half spent the 2009/10 campaign on loan at the Stadium of Light from French giants Lyon.
He did enough during his time with the club to suggest that he is more than capable of mixing it with the Premier League elite.
Niggling knocks have dissuaded Steve Bruce from making a permanent move for Mensah this summer, but he is keen to have the experienced back in his ranks.
Talks regarding another short-term deal have been ongoing for some time, but appear to be edging towards a conclusion.
It is now expected that Mensah will be a Sunderland player by the time they kick-off the 2010/11 campaign against Birmingham on 14th August.
"There are negotiations going on at the moment," said Mensah's agent Fabian Pivateau.
"I think everything will be finalised by the middle of next week."