Sky Sports understands Leeds United are closing in on a deal to make Portsmouth defender Jason Pearce their first signing of the summer.
Pearce has impressed at Portsmouth since arriving from Bournemouth in the summer and he has established himself as a key member of the side, making 43 appearances in all competitions this term.
Cash-strapped Pompey are resigned to losing a number of top players to ease their on-going financial problems and Pearce could be one of the first to depart Fratton Park once the season draws to a close.
A number of clubs, including Ipswich have shown an interest in Pearce, but Leeds are hoping to steal a march on their rivals by luring him to Elland Road.
Leeds boss Neil Warnock has made defensive recruits his main priority in this summer's transfer window as he looks to shore up their leaky rearguard.
Warnock revealed earlier this month he was confident of agreeing a deal with a mystery player and it is thought Pearce is the man in question.