Reading are close to tying up a deal for highly rated Australia playmaker Tom Rogic, his club Central Coast Mariners have confirmed.
Rogic, 20, is out of contract in May and the Royals are hopeful of completing a swoop that would make him their second signing of the transfer window - following the £600,000 arrival of Daniel Caricco from Sporting Lisbon on Wednesday.
Reading came close to landing the attacking midfielder in 2011 - failing to secure a work permit - but Mariners' chairman Peter Turnbull believes a move is near for one of his club's star players.
"We have been in discussions with Reading and both clubs are fairly satisfied with what's on the table and now it's up to Tom to reach a personal agreement with Reading," Turnbull told SBS' The World Game.
"I am not going to say what the figure is but there is an agreement there. Of course we don't want to see him go. I'd like to have Tommy here for another six years because he's a special player.
"But the reality is that quality Australian players will always want to test themselves overseas where they can command the salaries and exposure they cannot command here.
"You have seen it with the Harry Kewells, Brett Emertons, Lucas Neills, Jason Culinas and so many more over the years. We could keep Tom here until May when his contract expires but then he could leave for nothing, and we as a club would be out of pocket. It's a situation where our hands are really tied.
"The way things are now I would expect that things will be resolved by the end of the week concerning Tom and it may be that he will decide to stay, though considering his past association with Reading perhaps that would be unlikely.''
Reading director of football Nick Hammond also talked up the possibility of a move, telling the Sun: "We've been monitoring Tomas closely for the past year or so and were really disappointed when we couldn't sign him because of those work-permit issues.
"Our opinion of him has only got higher. He's a smashing lad. I have no doubt he has the potential to play in the Premier League.''
Rogic's rise from talented youngster to A-League star has been somewhat unconventional, with the player having been snapped up by the Mariners in 2011 after he was named one of eight winners of Nike's global talent search, The Chance.