West Bromwich Albion are set to seal a transfer deadline day move for Craig Dawson, skysports.com understands.
The 20-year-old is widely considered one of the best defenders outside the Premier League and a number of clubs have checked on him.
Gordon Strachan's Middlesbrough were favourites to land him, but they have failed to agree terms with Dale, and now the Baggies have made their move.
Roberto Di Matteo has now agreed to meet Rochdale's asking price and Dawson is set for talks at The Hawthorns.
West Brom have until 6pm to complete a deal, but it is anticipated that a move will be finalised.