Reports suggest the chances of Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Foster moving to Birmingham City this summer have improved.
Alex McLeish is keen to bring a new shot-stopper to St Andrew's after learning that Manchester City are unlikely to allow Joe Hart to return to the club against next season.
Hart has enjoyed a superb season on loan with McLeish's side, playing a major part in their impressive top-half finish.
It is understood that the two clubs have agreed a fee in the region of £5million and that Foster is now in talks with Birmingham.
Foster's agent, Lee Payne, told skysports.com:"We are close to agreeing a deal. The two clubs have agreed a fee and given us permission to talk to Birmingham.
"We fully expect the deal to be completed either this weekend or the start of next week."
Foster, 27, has made 23 starts for United but, after starting the 2009-10 campaign as Sir Alex Ferguson's first-choice keeper, he has made only one start in the last six months following a series of high-profile errors.