Cardiff are close to signing winger Josh Murphy from Norwich for £11million, according to reports on Monday.
The 23-year-old is set to become the Bluebirds’ first signing since they secured a return to the Premier League last month.
The transfer would make Murphy Cardiff’s joint-record purchase, following the 2013 acquisition of Gary Medel from Sevilla.
Middlesbrough held a firm interest in Murphy and a move to the north-east would have allowed him to be closer to his twin brother Jacob, who joined Newcastle for £12million last summer.
But Bluebirds boss Neil Warnock, who led his team to a second-place finish in the Sky Bet Championship, looks to have won the race for the player’s signature.
Warnock has said he wants five or six new signings ahead of his team’s top-flight campaign.