Sunderland have emerged as favourites to sign Sulley Muntari, skysports.com can reveal.
The Black Cats are looking to bolster their midfield and striking options, and have bids in for a number of players.
They have made a loan bid for Muntari, who submitted a transfer request at Inter Milan earlier this month.
The former Portsmouth man was quoted earlier this month, suggesting he would prefer a move to London.
However, his agent Fabien Piveteau has exclusively told skysports.com that Sunderland are very much in pole position to sign the Ghana international.
Reports in Italy have claimed that Tottenham, Everton and Liverpool had all lodged offers for Muntari - but Piveteau says it is not true.
"There is just Sunderland and West Ham, nobody else is in for him," he told skysports.com.
He also rubbished claims that Muntari preferred a move to the capital, adding: "That is not true, indeed if everything is sorted out with Sunderland he will be going there.
"We hope to have everything sorted shortly, maybe by Tuesday.
"He knows Sunderland is a good club, possibly not the biggest but he wants to be playing football.
"The other Ghana players at Sunderland have told him about the club which has obviously played a part."
Whilst Inter Milan want to sell Muntari, it is believed he will move on an initial loan with a view to a permanent deal.
As well as Muntari, Sunderland have also been trying to land Paris Saint Germain's want-away ace Stephane Sessegnon.
However, a deal for the Benin star is still not yet completed and they could turn their attentions elsewhere as German sources claim Sunderland are ready to move for Borussia Monchengladbach's USA star Michael Bradley.