Southampton appear to have pulled off a major coup by securing a loan deal for Liverpool winger Takumi Minamino.
A deal sheet has been submitted to the Premier League for the transfer, giving clubs time until 1am on Tuesday to complete all necessary paperwork.
St Mary’s officials opened negotiations with Liverpool on Monday morning over a potential six-month loan deal.
Talks continued throughout the day with an agreement in principle reached between the two clubs hours before the 11pm transfer deadline.
The 26-year-old Japan international is undergoing a medical on Monday night, after which he is expected to join his new Southampton team-mates at their team hotel in Manchester ahead of Tuesday’s game against Manchester United.
The player is believed not to have been registered in time to make his Old Trafford debut, but if the deal goes through he could be available to Ralph Hasenhuttl for their Premier League clash at Newcastle on Saturday.
Southampton failed in their attempts to sign Arsenal midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Liverpool full-back Neco Williams on deadline day but the Japanese could become the first and only January at St Mary’s.
Minamino’s arrival allows Shane Long to leave the club for Bournemouth on loan, as the Cherries seek a replacement for Josh King after verbally agreeing deals with Everton and Fulham for the Norway international.
Minamino joined Liverpool in a £7.65million deal from RB Salzburg in December 2019 but found playing time hard to come by at Anfield and could find more first-team minutes on the coast south.
He has made nine appearances for Liverpool in the Premier League this season, scoring a goal against Crystal Palace in December, although he has featured in just six minutes of league football since.