Tottenham Hotspur are on the brink of agreeing a £12 million deal to sign France international keeper Hugo Lloris from Lyon.
• Spurs make Lloris breakthrough
Tottenham are noted for their frantic activity in the final hours of the transfer window and, after agreeing a deal with Fulham to sign midfielder Moussa Dembele on Tuesday, they are now confident of signing Lloris ahead of Friday's transfer deadline.
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has confirmed that Spurs have stepped up their pursuit of Lloris in recent days, with manager Andre Villas-Boas viewing the 25-year-old as a better long-term option in his first team than 41-year-old Brad Friedel.
Shakhtar Donetsk forward Willian remains a firm target for Spurs and his eagerness to move to North London should see the deal concluded before Friday as well, with Villas-Boas on course for a revamped team ahead of Saturday's Premier League fixture against Norwich at White Hart Lane.
Meanwhile, reports in Germany suggest Rafael van der Vaart's proposed move to Hamburg may yet be revived, with Spurs willing to part with the injury prone Dutchman if they sign suitable replacements in the coming days.