Amir Khan
Amir Khan with head of Golden Boy Promotions Oscar De La Hoya. [Reuters]

Golden Boy Promotions chief executive Richard Schaefer is close to securing Amir Khan a shot at IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander later this year.

Khan is keen to make the move to 147lbs and Schaefer admitted that he would be travelling to Dubai next month in order to begin negotiations for the fight to take place in the Middle East this December.

Alexander outclassed British fighter Lee Purdy in his last contest after Khan's rival Kell Brook was forced to pull out of the bout due to injury. The American has lost just one of his 26 fights and is considered one of the best in the welterweight division.

Khan has promised he will move up from light-welterweight and it seems as though this bout could well be scheduled in the coming months.

"I know Devon is on board, Amir is on board (and) we're thinking December 7 for the fight," Schaefer announced on Sky Sports.

"So now what we're looking at is a possibly that the fight will be in Dubai if we can structure it in a way that it is enticing for Devon Alexander to go there.

"I'm actually going to be going to Dubai and meet with the people there in July and will find out if we can get a deal done for the world title fight to be in Dubai which would be spectacular."

Alexander lost to Tim Bradley back in January 2011 but has since excelled and last October was able to win the IBF title when he dethroned Randall Bailey.

He eased to victory over Purdy last month when Darren Barker pulled his fighter out after seven rounds and there has been much speculation that he would be considered as a future opponent for Floyd Mayweather.

However, with Mayweather confirming that he will fight Saul Alvarez in September, it is likely that Alexander will have to wait until next year to challenge the legendary unbeaten American.

Meanwhile, Khan is looking to get his career back on track after losses to Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia. He climbed off the canvas to defeat Julio Diaz in Sheffield in April and is keen to once again challenge for a world title.