Aston Villa boss David O'Leary expects to offload Mathieu Berson to Auxerre.
The French midfielder never settled in the Midlands following his move from Nantes in 2004 and headed to Auxerre on loan last summer.
His performances have impressed the Auxerre paymasters and O'Leary expects to thrash out a deal before the summer break, which he hopes will allow him to land loan star James Milner.
"The way Auxerre have indicated, there could be movement there next week," said O'Leary. "A package has been put to the club.
"With the money for Berson, that should give us enough money to buy James Milner. That is a deal that could be concluded very quickly.
"He wants to come here. From what I've been told, there is a deal there to be done."
O'Leary has admitted he may lose Ecuadorian defender Ulises de la Cruz due to the financial constraints at Villa Park.
"De la Cruz's contract is up," added O'Leary. "I'd like him to stay but I haven't got the money for him to stay."
O'Leary is planning a summer shake-up in the Second City.
Villa have had a season to forget, with the club failing to find any sort of consistency as they have struggled towards the foot of the table.
The fans have expressed their disappointment with O'Leary, the board and the playing staff. "Like a few other big clubs around us, we know we can do better. I want to do better than we have," said O'Leary.
O'Leary has brushed off the troubles to commit his future to the club and he is vowing to bring in some hungry players this summer.
"I want to do better now for the Midlands next season, for Aston Villa, because we are the only club in the Premier League from the region.
"This part of the country deserves a team to be doing well in the Premier League and I want it to be Aston Villa.
"This team should be doing better. But I want to freshen this squad up and bring in hungry players next season.
"When I leave here, I don't want to leave old relics around the place.
"I sense that a freshness is needed in the camp without a doubt.
"A shake-up is needed and there is nothing better than bringing people in who are young and hungry to do that.
"Whoever comes here when we report back on July 10 had better be showing a hunger and a desire to want to do well.
"I'm not going to stand for anything less. That is the bottom line of it.
"If some of them don't want it, there is always somewhere else they can go."