Liverpool are believed to be close to clinching the signing of Dutch international Dirk Kuyt.
Reports emanating from Holland claim Liverpool have won the race for the Feyenoord striker.
The Reds are believed to have beaten Newcastle to the punch for Kuyt even though Magpies boss Glenn Roeder was in Dublin on Wednesday to watch the payer in action for Holland.
Kuyt's future has been the subject of intense speculation all summer with a number of top clubs across Europe expressing an interest in signing him.
Liverpool are reported to have agreed a fee with Feyenoord for Kuyt and the Dutch club have given them permission to open talks with the prolific forward.
Kuyt is expected to arrive on Merseyside on Thursday to open talks and undergo a medical.
The former Utrecht man has hinted that he is close to sealing a move with Liverpool his preferred destination.
"There are a few clubs interested - but only one is my dream club," Kuyt told Sky Sports News.
"I don't want to say anything about that - but I think we can say more in a few days."
Liverpool could offer Dutch defender Jan Kromkamp as a makeweight in the deal with the player seemingly surplus to requirements to Anfield.
The FA Cup holders could also help fund the deal by selling Florent Sinama Pongolle to Lyon.
Lyon boss Gerard Houllier is a big fan of Pongolle having signed him when he was in charge of Liverpool and is considering bringing him back to France.