Middlesbrough are closing in on a new deal for Robert Huth.
The German international should have sealed a £5 million move from Premiership champions Chelsea earlier this month, but he failed a medical.
Now Boro are ready to take Huth on loan with a view to signing him on a permanent once he has recovered.
"I think everybody knows Robert's had an operation on his ankle, which unfortunately prevented us doing a deal at the time," Boro chief executive Keith Lamb told Sky Sports News.
"We have spoken with Chelsea, Robert and his agent, we're hoping we can strike a deal which will be announced not too soon from now.
"Robert would join us on loan and have his rehab with us, once he has played and we know everything is fine with Robert physically - we'll conclude the deal, so it is very much still on the cards."
Lamb also confirmed Boro's interest in Manchester City's Sylvain Distin and Brett Emerton of Blackburn.
"We've met Manchester City and made an offer for Distin, which I was told they will consider.
"We've also made an enquiry about Brett Emerton. It's Blackburn's intention to offer him a new contract, I don't know if it's been offered yet. Our interest is well known by them and we can be patient on that until Gareth needs to move on."