MARTYN Waghorn should complete a £2m-plus move to Leicester City today.
The Foxes came back in for the South Shields-born striker last week, and Sunderland have decided to accept the deal.
Waghorn was on loan with the Foxes last season, scoring 12 goals in 43 Championship appearances.
He has featured in all but one of Sunderland's four games so far this season – remaining on the bench for Sunday's 1-0 win over Manchester City.
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Waghorn is aware his first-team chances will be limited on Wearside this term, and will welcome the chance to establish himself as a regular at the Walkers Stadium, where he will be playing under a different manager in Paulo Sousa, who succeeded Nigel Pearson in the summer.
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce said in pre-season that he had no intention of letting the young striker go out on loan.
However, it now seems as though he is willing to cash in on a player seen as one of the Black Cats' hot prospects.
Waghorn, who came off the bench in the Wearsiders' Carling Cup clash with Colchester United in midweek and was an unused substitute in the win over Manchester City at the weekend, has said that he knows he will have to wait for his first-team chance.
But it seems his hopes of first-team football now lie elsewhere, especially with Bruce expected to land Ghana World Cup star Asamoah Gyan.
Waghorn also appeared to have been pushed down the pecking order after the arrival of Manchester United starlet Danny Welbeck on loan until the end of the season.