Coventry City manager Micky Adams is on the verge of easing his striker shortage with the £600,000 signing of Kevin Kyle from Sunderland.
The Sky Blues have been linked with a move for the 25-year-old Scot since the summer and he was at the Ricoh Arena on Tuesday for a medical and to discuss terms.
Kyle has featured only twice as a substitute for the struggling Black Cats this season, including during their 2-1 opening defeat at the Ricoh.
His progress has been badly hampered in recent seasons by injuries but, after regaining full fitness, he now finds himself surplus to requirements at the Stadium of Light and said earlier this week that he was likely to move before the end of the month.
Meanwhile, Adams is adopting a bullish approach before Coventry's testing match at Hull City on Saturday.
The Sky Blues started this campaign with high expectations but one win in four league matches, an embarrassing Carling Cup defeat to Hereford United and the sale of Gary McSheffrey has dampened their ardour.
There were the first rumblings of discontent from supporters on Tuesday evening at Edgar Street as the Sky Blues capitulated to a 3-1 defeat to a side who were playing non-League football only three months ago.
With Hull still awaiting their first Championship victory under new manager Phil Parkinson, Coventry can approach the match with a modicum of confidence, despite their poor away form, but Adams says spirits are low after three away defeats. He said: "There are times when you go through bad spells - we had one like this at the beginning of last season but we came through it and at the end, we could give anybody a game.
"At the moment, our confidence is low for whatever reason and we have got to address that. "We've got to keep going. I'll take whatever comes my way - I'm sure I'll get bucketsful -but I've got to be big, stick my chest out and make sure we prepare right for Hull on Saturday."
Jay Tabb, the young midfielder, underwent a hernia operation yesterday which will rule him out for at least a month but Rob Page, the defender, successfully played 45 minutes of the reserve side's 2-1 win over Crewe at their Ryton training camp.
Meanwhile, in stark contrast to Coventry's ailing fortunes, down in League Two Walsall manager Richard Money continues to sprinkle his magic dust all over the Bescot Stadium.
Unbeaten in their four league fixtures so far, the Saddlers face an acid test of their promotion credentials on Saturday.
Money's side, buoyed by their impressive 1-0 win at Plymouth in the first round of the Carling Cup on Tuesday evening, face Darlington who emerged triumphant from their match at Stoke City despite playing with ten men for 78 minutes.
Nevertheless, Money's stock is rising after his decision to send on Scott Dann paid dividends when the centre-half scored the winner at Home Park.
Money said: "Sometimes you decide to take the gamble and it comes off. It is very nice and pleasing when that happens."
Martin Butler is set to return up front for the match against Darlington after being rested due to a back complaint.