Nigel Adkins is confident that Southampton can tie up a deal for Gaston Ramirez before the transfer deadline passes.
Sky Sports reported earlier that Bologna had finally agreed to allow the Uruguayan to leave for a fee of around £11million and now Adkins is close to finalising the transfer.
The 21-year-old played 32 times for the Italian side last season, scoring eight times from his position on the wing.
Adkins will be hoping he can provide the ammunition for his strikers as they look to survive in the top flight following their promotion from the Championship.
Ramirez has already agreed personal terms with the South Coast club, so the Saints just have to complete the medical and register the transfer before the deadline.
Adkins said: "We are very, very close. All being well, he will become our player."