Sunderland is set to sign central defender Jan Kirchhoff from Bayern Munich.
Kirchhoff has struggled to gain his form at the Bavarian side since joining them in 2013 from Schalke on long term loan.
The 25 year old central defender touched down at Sunderland Wednesday for a medical checkup where he will be making a permanent switch for a fee of £1million.
Kirchhoff was left out of the Bayern squad when the team was travelling to Doha, Qatar on Wednesday, for their winter training ahead of Pep Guardiola final Months at Bayern.
Sunderland faces relegation being second last in the league table with 15 points after playing 20 matches.