Gaston Ramirez looks set to finalise his move to Southampton from Bologna on Friday, after the Italians bolstered their own squad.
Talks have been ongoing between Southampton and the Serie A outfit for weeks, with the Uruguayan ace having already agreed terms with the Premier League new boys.
His former club Penarol are also due a cut of the transfer, and that has also delayed matters further, but that too looks to have been resolved.
Bologna are now reported to have sanctioned his departure for a fee worth €14million (£11million) after they did their own business in the last 24 hours.
The Rossoblu have brought in midfielder Michele Pazienza from Juventus and have also agreed a deal for Genoa striker Alberto Gilardino.