Leroy Lita is on the verge of completing a move to Premier League newcomers Swansea after the Welsh club had an offer accepted by Middlesbrough.
The two clubs have agreed a price of £1.75m for the former Reading striker, who will now meet Swans officials to discuss personal terms.
The 26-year-old has just 12 months remaining on his contract at the Riverside Stadium, where he's scored 20 goals in almost 80 appearances.
But, speaking to The Northern Echo, Boro manager Tony Mowbray said there's a long way to go before the move is finalised.
Not cut and dried
He said: "Leroy was going to see what was on offer. It's not cut and dried, not at all. We have agreed a fee with Swansea. It doesn't mean much
"I've had a good chat with him. He has a chance to play in the Premier League and good on him. His talent has earned him that chance. If he comes back then I'm sure he will work hard to get in this team."
Meanwhile, Mowbray will take a closer look at trialist Rhys Murphy, who played 45-minutes in Middlesbrough's 2-0 friendly defeat to Carlisle last night.
The 20-year-old striker has been made available for loan by Arsenal, where he was an FA Youth Cup winner two years ago.
Mowbray said: "Rhys has had a stop start career. He is here for the week. He is a young boy who has had injuries. We are not hanging our hat on him. He is one of a number we will be looking at over the next few weeks."