Paul Scharner is on the verge of a move to Birmingham City from SK Brann Bergen.
The Austria international defender claimed last night that a deal was "very, very close" to being finalised with Birmingham.
Scharner, who can also play in midfield, has also been linked with a move to Middlesbrough as well as clubs in Germany and France.
But Scharner, voted his side's player of the year, is ready to make the step into the Barclays Premiership with Blues when the transfer window reopens in January.
Scharner said: "Not everything is ready but we are very, very close to sorting things out. Everybody knows you can make more money in England than in Norway but that's not the reason for me to change clubs. I am doing what is best for my career."
Steve Bruce, the Birmingham manager, is aware of the need to bring in a new defender given the uncertainty surrounding the future of Kenny Cunningham.
The Republic of Ireland international defender is in the final year of his contract and is reluctant to make any decision over a possible new deal until the end of the season.
Bruce has only Martin Taylor as cover for Cunningham and Matthew Upson and he has played only a handful of games since arriving from Blackburn nearly two years ago. Bruce confirmed his interest in Scharner earlier in the month.