Middlesbrough are believed to be closing in on a move for Sparta Rotterdam winger Marvin Emnes.
The 20-year-old has attracted the interest of a host of clubs after an impressive season last term in Rotterdam.
Emnes scored eight goals in 26 games last term and was named as Sparta fans' player of the year.
Feyenoord, Ajax and Heerenveen have all been credited with an interest in Emnes, along with German side Eintracht Frankfurt, but now Middlesbrough are thought to have jumped to the head of the queue for the Holland Under 21 international.
Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate is keen to bolster his squad ahead of the new season and chief executive Keith Lamb admitted the club were closing in on new signings.
The player's agent Eduard Burleson has confirmed Emnes will make an announcement on his future soon and that he would be interested in playing in England.
"There has been a lot of interest in Marvin and that is no surprise as he is a big talent," Burleson told skysports.com
"He has a couple of options available to him and he will be making a decision on his future very soon.
"Like any player Marvin would welcome a move to England and his future will be decided very soon."