Danny Graham was this afternoon on Wearside as Sunderland attempted to thrash out a deal with Swansea.
Press Association Sport understands the 27-year-old was due to undergo a medical with the two clubs still finalising the terms of the prospective transfer.
Gateshead-born Graham is keen to secure both regular first-team football and a return to his native north-east.
Former club Middlesbrough emerged as a potential destination earlier today after they registered their interest, but the player's camp swiftly indicated that he did not want to drop down a division.
Black Cats boss Martin O'Neill has made Graham his top January target as he attempts to find support for leading scorer Steven Fletcher, and revealed on Tuesday evening the club had tabled bids for "a couple" of players.
His comments came immediately after the former Boro frontman had came within inches of firing the Swans to victory at the Stadium of Light.
Graham was booed by a section of the home support, for whom his Newcastle affiliation represents a major problem, but O'Neill was quick to point to Bob Stokoe's place in Wearside folklore.
Stokoe, the manager who led them to FA Cup glory in 1973, a feat marked by a statue outside the stadium, played for the famous Magpies side of the 1950s.