Alex McLeish hopes to persuade Scott Parker to join Aston Villa this week, when the new boss looks to begin spending the proceeds of Stewart Downing's £20m sale on Charles N'Zogbia, Shay Given and the West Ham captain.
The deal with Wigan Athletic for N'Zogbia has already been agreed and the player, who will cost around £10m, should sign this week.
Manchester City want £5m for Given and have already rejected a bid of £2m from Villa but should settle for between £3m and £4m.
Parker (30) has been looked at by Arsenal and Tottenham as a possible acquisition this summer. Spurs have been slow off the mark in this transfer window with chairman Daniel Levy focusing his efforts on selling around six squad players - they have taken 28 on tour to South Africa - including David Bentley, Jermaine Jenas and Wilson Palacios, before he starts sanctioning new signings.
Parker is valued at around £9m and has been the subject of interest from his former club Chelsea, who would like him on loan.
For Villa, a return of three players with the revenue from Downing shows why they were prepared to sell the England winger. Villa are also on the look-out for a left-back, with Stephen Warnock keen to move back to the north-west.