BAFETIMBI Gomis is on standby to fly to Tyneside and become Newcastle United’s first summer signing.
The club has agreed a £7m fee with Olympique Lyonnais for the powerful striker.
And the proposed move hinges on Newcastle agreeing commissions and fees with Gomis’s representatives.
Personal terms are not understood to be an issue, with the 27-year-old keen on a move to St James’s Park after being frozen out at the Stade de Gerland.
Lyon owner Jean-Michel Aulas, keen for a quick sale, believes the deal could be completed over the weekend.
However, sources on Tyneside have indicated there is still a lot of work to be done before Gomis becomes a United player.
Also, another club could yet match the club’s offer to Lyon.
Aulas said: “We accepted the proposal of Newcastle, which is 8m Euros, plus 2m (Euros) bonus.
“The agreement is now linked to the acceptance of agents’ fees. I understand that the problem is in the amount and manner of payment of commissions.
“There are several people involved in the operation, which complicates the negotiations. But I am hopeful that things will be resolved within 24 or 48 hours.”
Gomis has just a year left on his Lyon contract, and is friends with a number of Newcastle’s large French contingent of players.
And his arrival would give the club a welcome lift after a frustrating few weeks which has seen the efforts of director of football Joe Kinnear come under close scrutiny.
Newcastle had been the only Premier League club not to have signed a senior player in this summer’s transfer window.
The progress in United’s attempts to sign Gomis comes after chances of Aston Villa’s Darren Bent and Queens Park Rangers’s Loic Remy arrving on Tyneside receded.
Fulham are expected to sign Bent, and QPR manager Harry Redknapp is unwilling to loan Remy, though he could be farmed out for a fee.
Redknapp is keen on Newcastle’s Steven Taylor, but the defender is not for sale, and won’t be involved in any deal for Remy.