Manchester City have accepted an offer from Middlesbrough for central defender Sylvain Distin.
In what has been one of the summer's longest running transfer sagas, City have repeatedly rebuffed Boro's attempts to land the accomplished Frenchman.
Distin captained City last term and was regarded as an integral figure at the club but Middlesbrough chief Gareth Southgate has been persistent in his desire to bring the player to The Riverside.
Portsmouth were also linked with an approach for the 28-year-old but it would now appear he is closing on a switch to the Teesside outfit.
City have confirmed that Distin is in talks with Middlesbrough about personal terms, with a deal expected to be completed before this weekend's Premiership kick-off.