Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong looks set to be on his way to Southampton after the two clubs agreed on a fee which is believed to be around £7million, according to BBC Sport.
The 26-year-old was linked with a move to the St Mary’s Stadium last summer but the Scotland international put pen-to-paper on a new two-year contract which put to bed any speculation that he may be leaving Parkhead.
Armstrong, who scored five goals in 41 appearances last season as Celtic captured the domestic treble for the second year running, is keen on playing in the Premier League and the Bhoys have reluctantly agreed a fee with the Saints, which is thought to be £7m up front but could rise depends on various factors.
It was a season to forget for Southampton as they narrowly avoided relegation in a campaign that saw manager Mauricio Pellegrino sacked in March with eight games remaining with the club sitting in the bottom three places.
Former Saint Mark Hughes was given the task of keeping them in the Premier League and two wins and two draws from their last five fixtures saw them finish in 17th place.
With Serbia international Dusan Tadic looking set to be on his way out of St Mary’s to Ajax this summer, Southampton are keen to sign reinforcements.
Armstrong, who can play as an attacking or defensive midfielder, began his career with Dundee United before switching to Celtic in February 2015 for around £2m.
The Inverness-born player has scored 28 goals and created a further 25 in 144 appearances for the Bhoys in all competitions and has won four Scottish Premiership titles, two Scottish Cups and two Scottish League cups during his time at Parkhead.
Southampton begin the new Premier League season by hosting Burnley on August 11 before facing Everton in their first away match of the campaign a week later.