Lee Bullen is expected to sanction Morgan Fox’s sale to Sunderland once Liam Palmer returns from injury, according to the Northern Echo.
The newspaper claims Sunderland are confident of signing Fox despite having had an initial offer for the Sheffield Wednesday left-back rejected, with the Owls hierarchy said to be reluctant to sell.
It adds that the League One side are set to make a renewed approach in the next 24 hours, while reports elsewhere have suggested that Fox is keen on the move.
The January 2017 signing from Charlton Athletic was booed by some Sheffield Wednesday supporters before he even took to the field against Luton Town a week ago, but gave an assured performance nonetheless.
And he kept his place against Preston North End on Saturday in the continued absence Palmer, who Bullen has admitted is now Wednesday’s first choice for the role.
Palmer was rated as 50-50 for the trip to Preston and should be back for this weekend’s visit of Queens Park Rangers, while Sunderland have until Monday to sign contracted players on permanent or loan deals.
The value of Sunderland’s offer for Fox – for whom Sheffield Wednesday are reported to have paid £700,000 – remains unclear.
However, the Owls are not in the strongest position to negotiate with the Welshman in the final year of his contract.
Bullen’s side can still turn to the free-agent market if a deal goes ahead.