Sunderland are confident of signing Senegal international Kader Mangane on loan for the remainder of the season.
Black Cats manager Martin O'Neill confirmed that the defender is heading for Wearside in the hope of clinching a loan deal.
O'Neill said: "I'm hoping that he's making his way over at this minute.
"I'm not sure that anything has been absolutely and utterly completed, but it would be a loan until the end of the season.
"Of course, we have a number of positions we would like to try to fill between now and the end of January, and I'm hoping something might materialise.
"But there's a long bit of distance to go yet."
Mangane joined Saudi Arabian side Al Hilal from Rennes last summer, but now looks set to make the move to the Premier League.