FRASER FORSTER could finally put pen to paper on a four-year contract at Celtic within the next few days.
Hoops boss Neil Lennon has been trying to make the giant keeper his permanent No.1 since he arrived on loan from Newcastle at the start of season 2010-11.
The Tyneside club initially refused to sell, but last August agreed a £2million fee as part of the second loan agreement which brought Forster north for another year.
Personal terms have been the stumbling block in activating that sale, and an offer has been on the table for several weeks.
Lennon was frustrated by the failure of Forster's agent, Mark Curtis, to contact the club and open discussions.
The fear was that he was trying to hawk Forster around clubs in England, where wages would be higher.
The added carrot for Forster was that playing for a club down south would improve his chances of making the breakthrough at international level, and QPR and West Ham have been credited with an interest in him.
Now, after the manager held talks on the phone with Curtis, the agent is preparing to nail down a deal with chief executive Peter Lawwell.
Forster this week returned from holiday and Curtis confirmed: "I'll call Peter Lawwell on Thursday and arrange a time to meet and try to finish things off. We need to.
"Fraser's been away, but I spoke to him and know where we need to be. I will now arrange to meet Peter.
"Other clubs are not in his mind. Does he want to stay at Celtic? Yes."
It will be a huge relief for Lennon to finally secure a keeper, and the focus will now switch to bringing in the central defender and striker he needs.
There was further good news for the club today when it emerged they will cash in on the Euro 2012.
Uefa are finalising a deal which will see clubs who provide players for the finals receive a payment for every day their country remains involved.
With Georgios Samaras part of the Greek side which kicks off the tournament tomorrow against Poland, and Mikael Lustig involved with Sweden, the Hoops are expected to receive at least £150,000.
Meanwhile, Celtic have confirmed they will play a pre-season friendly against Ajax in Amsterdam on July 21, with a 7pm kick off.