Southampton are understood to have agreed a deal worth up to £15m with Blackburn Rovers for the transfer of Adam Armstrong, according to a number of sources.
Armstrong, 24, was left out of Rovers’ squad for their opening-day Championship win over Swansea at Ewood Park.
The two clubs are believed to have agreed a fee, according to Sky Sports and The Athletic.
The latter though report that personal terms have yet to be formalised, but a medical has been booked for Tuesday morning.
Just what the outlet are suggesting could go wrong is unclear. But there has been rival interest in the former Newcastle man.
Crystal Palace, West Ham and Norwich have also been interested in the diminutive striker, who scored 28 goals in 40 Championship games last season.
Armstrong netted 16 goals in 46 games in the previous season and has had spells on loan with Coventry, Barnsley and Bolton.
Newcastle are due a decent chunk of the transfer fee. Around 40 per cent of the profit is due to head north after the deal the Magpies agreed when they sold him to Blackburn in 2018 for around £1.75m.
Saints have been looking for a replacement for Danny Ings. Ings turned down a new contract offer that would have made him the club’s highest paid player ever.
Instead the former Liverpool striker signed for Aston Villa.
Chelsea loan deal
Southampton also look set to sign another striker with young Chelsea forward Armando Broja on their radar.
Saints have already signed former Chelsea youngsters Valentino Livramento and Dynel Simeu on permanent deals.
And now, The Sun report that 19-year-old Albanian international Broja is also close to signing on loan.
Broja has only made one senior appearance for Chelsea. He went out on loan to Eredivisie side Vitesse last season where he scored 11 times in 34 games.