According to various reports, Daniel Ballard has undertaken a medical at Sunderland and should sign a contract at the Stadium of Light in the next 24 hours.
The deal with the Black Cats comes just four days after a proposed move to Burnley collapsed at the last minute*.
Newly promoted to the Championship, Alex Neil’s side have done well to beat off stiff competition from several other suitors including Sheffield United.
Blackpool and Millwall, for whom Ballard has played on loan in the last two seasons, were also hopeful of a reunion with the 22-year-old.
Burnley were rumoured to be willing to pay £2 million so we’re assuming Sunderland are stumping up a similar fee.
Whether the Gunners, who rate Ballard highly, have been able to slip in a clause allowing us to match any future bids remains unclear. Apparently, that was on the cards when we were dealing with the Clarets.
* We have no idea if they ballsed up the deal, but we’re not going to let the truth get in the way of alliteration.