Hull have agreed a fee for Tottenham midfielder Jake Livermore, who spent last season on loan at the KC Stadium.
Livermore, 24, was a key player for the Tigers in their first season back in the Barclays Premier League and was manager Steve Bruce's top transfer target this summer.
His form had alerted other top-flight clubs but his effective partnership with former Spurs team-mate Tom Huddlestone is likely to count in Hull's favour as they try and tie up the contract details.
A message on the club's official Twitter feed read: "Hull City can confirm that an undisclosed fee has been agreed with @SpursOfficial for the permanent transfer of Jake Livermore.
"Personal terms are being discussed and we hope to conclude the deal early next week."
Although the FA Cup runners up did not give details of the agreement with Tottenham, the price is likely to be in the £6-6.5million region, less than Spurs' original valuation but more than the £5.25million Bruce shelled out for Huddlestone last summer.
Should he sign, and Livermore's public pronouncements during his time in East Yorkshire suggest he will be more than happy to, it is further evidence of owner Assem Allam's financial backing.
Huddlestone was the club's record signing when he arrived, but Allam sanctioned even bigger deals for strikers Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic in January, with the pair costing almost £14million between them.
With a Europa League campaign to add to their domestic schedule next term, Hull are in the market for further reinforcements before the season gets under way, although a move for former England defender Joleon Lescott fell apart when he signed for West Brom earlier this week.