Middlesbrough have confirmed they are hoping to bring former England defender Jonathan Woodgate back to The Riverside.
Sky Sports revealed on Thursday that Boro were in talks with Woodgate about a deal, and the Championship club have now announced on their official website that a move is close.
The 32-year-old is a free agent after playing for Stoke last season and Boro are keen to complete a transfer, although he will first need to undergo a medical.
Woodgate enjoyed a successful stint on Teesside earlier in his career, joining on an initial loan deal in 2006 before making the move permanent a year later.
Boro paid Real Madrid £7million for Woodgate before eventually selling him on to Tottenham for £8m in January 2008.
The former Leeds youngster has commanded in excess of £35m in transfer fees despite suffering an injury-stricken career.
He remains a highly-respected centre-back and Tony Mowbray will be delighted if he can finalise a deal to bring Woodgate back to his hometown club.