Emile Heskey looks set to head out of the St Andrew's exit door after Birmingham accepted a #5.5 million offer from Wigan Athletic for the player.
The proposed transfer is by no means a done deal but, providing Heskey can agree personal terms, he will be heading to the JJB Stadium.
Birmingham have been robust in their stance over player sales and even issued a terse statement earlier in the summer warning Liverpool over proposed interest in Jermaine Pennant.
David Sullivan complained bitterly after Wigan announced their interest in Heskey but has conceded that this price is too good to refuse.
In fact, with the transfer happening so early within the transfer window, it will give Steve Bruce ample opportunity to replace the former England international.
The fee, which shatters Wigan's record transfer fee of #3.1 million for Henri Camara last summer, represents good business for Birmingham.
They laid out an enormous #6.25 million for Heskey back in 2004 and will be delighted to recoup nearly all of their outlay after his disappointing season last term.
Heskey's first season was a success as he garnered 11 goals and created countless others. His form was so impressive that he hoisted a raft of playerof-the-year awards and was being trumpeted as an outside bet for England's World Cup squad this summer.
Last season didn't go according to plan as he only scored five goals in all competitions. Bruce stuck by his man but the burden of leading the line for long periods of the campaign took its toll and damaged his confidence as the season progressed.
His final record of 16 goals in 78 appearances belied his contribution to Birmingham City, as his commitment could never be called into question.
His transfer will leave Bruce with only three senior strikers, Mikael Forssell, Dudley 'DJ' Campbell and Cameron Jerome.
Thus, fans can expect more activity in the transfer market after a day that saw former Bolton centre-half Bruno N'Gotty join the club.
The 35-year-old sailed through the formalities of a medical and is Bruce's fourth signing of the summer. A former France international, N'Gotty arrives at St Andrew's with an impressive pedigree. He has made over 150 appearances for the Reebok Stadium club. Prior to joining Bolton, he appeared for Lyon, Paris St Germain, AC Milan, Venezia and Marseille.
He will provide Bruce with an experienced head at the heart of his defence after Kenny Cunningham was handed a free transfer in the summer.
N'Gotty has signed a 12-month deal and is a further statement of intent, as Premiership side Reading were also chasing the strapping defender.
Birmingham have also taken Peterborough United's Sean St Ledger on trial. The 21-year-old centre-half has been at Wast Hills since the start of pre-season and appeared in the 3-0 friendly win over Northampton on Wednesday.