Stoke City have agreed a fee of £15m with Galatasaray for midfielder Badou Ndiaye, Sky Sports News understands.
Discussions are ongoing about the exact structure of payments in the deal and legal matters are still to be resolved.
But Stoke’s bosses are hopeful the deal can be concluded early on Deadline Day, ahead of playing Watford at the Bet365 Stadium at 8pm.
Arrangements are now being made to fly the 27-year-old Senegal international over to England for a medical and to discuss personal terms.
But Ndiaye’s move is complicated by the need for a visa to enter the UK before Stoke can then apply for a work permit.
The club will not sanction a deal and pay any money until they are sure the player will get international clearance to play in the Premier League.