English side Fulham are confident they will have reached agreement with Ukrainian side Dnipro over the signing of the Ghana international Derek Boateng by the time his participation at the Africa Cup of Nations draws to a close.
Martin Jol's interest in the 29-year-old is long established, with the Fulham manager having come close to securing the defensive midfielder on loan last summer.
Boateng has already undergone a medical at Fulham, who have secured a work permit for him, and talks between the clubs are ongoing.
A fee of about Â£2m has been mooted to sign a player who cost more than double that when joining Dnipro from Getafe back in 2011, but has since fallen out of favour and has made only two league starts in the first half of the season.
Boateng, who had enjoyed spells in Greece, Sweden, Israel and Spain before moving to Ukraine, is currently in Abu Dhabi with the Ghana squad preparing for the tournament in South Africa â€“ they will depart for the finals on 16 January.