Fulham manager Mark Hughes expects Steve Sidwell to sign for the Premier League club later on Friday.
The Aston Villa midfielder, who was primed to join rivals West Ham before Christmas, has passed a medical at Craven Cottage.
Wolves were also in the running for the 28-year-old after Mick McCarthy confirmed talks, but they will also have to turn their attention elsewhere.
Fulham climbed into 14th in the standings with their midweek 3-0 success over slumping West Brom and Hughes is looking forward to his new signing.
The former Manchester City manager has been tracking the one-time Chelsea and Reading man for some time and is hoping he has a long career with the Cottagers.
Hughes said: "Things can happen but at some point this afternoon Steve should sign for us. He ticks all the boxes for us and has been in my mind for some time.
"He is well admired as a box-to-box player who can get you a goal and he wants to be part of what we are doing here.
"He wants to get his career back on track. I hope he will have a long career here."