Skysports.com understands that West Ham United will complete the signing of Demba Ba on Monday.
The Senegal international has emerged as one of the most wanted players in this transfer window.
The Hammers have been chasing Ba for most of the window, but Stoke, Everton, West Brom and Sunderland were also keen on his signature.
The Hoffenheim striker had looked set for Stoke earlier in the month, but he failed a medical - however, the Potters were still keen on striking a loan agreement.
But skysports.com understand that West Ham have pulled of a significant transfer coup by persuading Ba to sign for them.
Hoffenheim's general manager Ernst Tanner has confirmed Ba is poised to join West Ham despite revealing nothing has been signed as yet.
"Nothing has been signed, but everything points to the fact that he will go on loan at West Ham," said Tanner.
Everton, West Brom and Sunderland have all made moves in recent days to try and hi-jack the deal.
Everton are yet to replace the departed Yakubu, West Brom missed out on John Carew, whilst Sunderland need extra striking options following Darren Bent's departure.
West Ham are set to seal his signature on loan until the end of the season with a view to a permanent deal.