Jonjo Shelvey is set to become Newcastle United's second signing this week, after agreeing a £12million fee with fellow relegation battlers Swansea City.
The 23-year-old England international has been head coach Steve McClaren's number one target since November, reports the Daily Mail.
Shelvey has been out of favour at the Liberty Stadium and his final game for Alan Curtis' side was Sunday's surprise 3-2 FA Cup defeat to League Two's Oxford United, where he appeared to get into a verbal post-game spat with Swans supporters.
This will be the first time the Magpies' have spent money on another Premier League player since Gabriel Obertan joined in August 2011. It follows Monday's capture of Bordeaux's winger-cum-midfielder Henri Saivet for £4.5m.
For Newcastle fans, this proves a timely boost ahead of tonight's crucial home clash with Manchester United. Reaction is mixed, with the boost of signing Premier League experience tempered with concern over his fall from grace in Wales. The £12m fee has also raised eyebrows.
Amongst other things, Newcastle will be getting a positive thinking midfielder who isn't scared to pepper the goal with long shots.