Sulley Muntari could be a Sunderland player as soon as Tuesday, according to his agent.
Muntari is surplus to requirements at Inter Milan and is keen for a return to the Premier League, having spent a season at Portsmouth in the 2007/8 campaign.
Speculation credited Tottenham, Liverpool and Everton with an interest in the 26-year-old, but his agent Fabien Piveteau says that is incorrect.
"That is not true, indeed if everything is sorted out with Sunderland he will be going there. We hope to have everything sorted shortly, maybe by Tuesday," he told Sky Sports.
Despite previously stating that he would only play for a London-based club, Muntari now seems set on a loan move to the north east.
Piveteau added: "He knows Sunderland is a good club, possibly not the biggest but he wants to be playing football.
"The other Ghana players at Sunderland have told him about the club which has obviously played a part."