Sunderland could complete the signings of two Scotland internationals in the next 24 hours.
Bury forward Chris Maguire is having a medical at the Academy of Light after agreeing personal terms on a move to Wearside.
And he looks set to be joined at Sunderland by goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin, who is a free agent after his Hearts contract expired.
Maguire has had a mixed last couple of seasons. He became one of the stars of Oxford United's side, helping them to promotion from League Two and then bagging 17 goals in League One.
However, he quit the U's and joined Bury last summer, only to struggle at the Shakers as they slipped into the drop zone and were eventually relegated.
The attacker can operate either on the flank or as a No 10, and has two international caps from his time in Scotland with Aberdeen.
McLaughlin, meanwhile, earned a call-up to the national team this summer for Scotland's end of season trip to South America.
It came on the back of a fantastic season at Hearts, where he kept eight clean sheets in a row as the Edinburgh side enjoyed a strong season in the Premiership.
The 30-year-old sprung to prominence at Bradford City, coming on as a substitute in their 2013 League Cup Final before spending three years at Burton Albion.
He moved to Hearts last summer on a one-year deal and conceded just 32 goals to earn an international cap against Mexico.
Mclaughlin turned down a lucrative two-year deal at Azerbaijani side Qarabag and looks set to replace Jason Steele at Sunderland. Goalkeeper Steele joined Brighton last week.