Skysports.com understands that Sunderland are set to win the race for Coventry goalkeeper Keiren Westwood.
The highly-rated shot-stopped is available on a free transfer after reaching the end of his contract with the Championship side at the Ricoh Arena.
The Sky Blues were keen to keep hold of the 26-year-old Republic of Ireland international but have been unable to agree fresh terms with their No.1
Black Cats boss Steve Bruce is in the market for a new goalkeeper with continued concerns over Craig Gordon's long-term fitness.
And the Wearside club look to have jumped ahead of Everton and Leicester in the battle for Westwood's signature.
Bruce confirmed at the end of last month that they would not be opening new contract talks with Gordon until he has recovered from a recent knee operation.