Middlesbrough are hoping to conclude the signing of Nathaniel Chalobah before this weekend.
Sky Sports understands that Boro are hoping to be able to include the Chelsea midfielder in their squad ahead of the game with Charlton Athletic at the Riverside.
The Sierra Leone-born England Under-21 midfielder has just returned to Nottingham Forest after spending the first half of the season on loan at the City Ground.
Now Boro are hoping to broker their second loan deal with Chelsea in the last couple of weeks have already landed Kenneth Omeruo from the West London giants.
Nineteen-year-old Chalobah, who impressed hugely during a stint with Watford last season and played a starring role in helping them to the play-offs, now looks like linking up with Boro as they look to mount their own promotion bid.
Boro boss Aitor Karanka is keen to bolster his squad this month with up to half-a-dozen new additions - which will also mean players departing with the likes of Rhys Williams, Grant Leadbitter and Lukas Jutkiewicz all linked with moves this month.