Sunderland have met Tottenham's £5m asking price for Tom Huddlestone as the midfielder edges closer to an exit from the club.
Huddlestone has struggled for game time the last season with Spurs, and after the purchase of highly-rated Brazilian midfielder Paulinho the England international has reportedly been put up for sale by the club.
Fulham have been another interested party in Huddlestone's signature, but the Evening Standard are reporting that Sunderland are the only side so far to put forward an official bid, which Tottenham have accepted.
Andre Villas-Boas came close to offloading Huddlestone last summer, alongside Michael Dawson, with the pair nearly signing for QPR.
But the deals both fell through and while Dawson has since become an important member of the first team, the Spurs manager will be keen to offload the midfielder during the transfer window.
Huddlestone has been unable to have the same impact after the failed transfer away from the club and with the likes of Lewis Holtby, Sandro Moussa Dembele as well as Clint Dempsey covering the middle of the park he is now deemed surplus to Villas-Boas' requirements.
And with Tottenham having broken their transfer record to acquire Paulinho, the side be looking forward to getting a cash injection of around £5m for the sale of Huddlestone as Sunderland prepare to discuss personal terms with the midfielder.
The key component of the deal will be if Huddlestone can pass his medical with the club after the former Derby youth player suffered from recurring ankle injuries in recent seasons.
With a departure likely Villas-Boas will also have some more free cash to sign number one target Christian Benteke from Aston Villa, while the manager is also believed to be chasing Christian Eriksen.