Sunderland look set to win the race to land Manchester City full-back Wayne Bridge, Sky Sports understands.
The Black Cats have made a late move for the England defender, just as he had been set for a switch to the Championship.
Reading, fresh with funds from their prospective new Russian owners, had agreed a deal to take Bridge - paying a substantial part of his wages.
But Sunderland have made a last-ditch bid for the 31-year-old, who now looks set for a move to the North East.
Bridge is set for a medical on Wearside on Tuesday morning, ahead of completing the deal.
Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill remains hopeful of bringing in a new striker, with Bolton's Kevin Davies still his top target.