Everton will learn on Wednesday whether Yakubu Aiyegbeni will be granted a work permit to move to Goodison Park.
A club record £11.25million deal has been agreed with Middlesbrough for the Nigerian striker, but he has been initially refused a work permit.
Yakubu has not featured in the required 75 per cent of international games in the past two years and the issue has gone to appeal.
The Toffees' case will be heard on Wednesday when club officials will hope to receive a positive outcome.
Right thing to do
Meanwhile, Boro boss Gareth Southgate revealed he will not rush into spending the windfall from the sale of Yakubu.
Southgate told the club's official website: "What people can get out of their heads is that we will go out and buy a striker for £11m.
"We've already bought Mido and spent a fair amount of money in the transfer market.
"The chairman has been fantastic in terms of making funds available, and if we find someone who will improve us, then we will do it.
"I wouldn't have let Yakubu go if I didn't think it was the right thing for the club. Yak wanted to move on so much that it was the right thing for us to let him go."