Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o has agreed terms with Anzhi Makhachkala and is on the verge of joining the ambitious southern Russian club from Inter Milan, a Russian news report said on Thursday.
The LifeNews.ru website said the 30-year-old had agreed the terms of his contract and would be signing the deal after passing a medical.
"The last formalities of the contract have been ironed out," the website quoted a Russian agent with knowledge of the situation as saying.
The website had earlier said Anzhi would be paying Inter a transfer fee of about 40 million euros ($57 million) and the player 15 million euros ($21 million) per season.
There was no official reaction from the club and the report did not specify the length of the contract. Anzhi was believed to have been offering Eto'o a three-year deal while the player was seeking four.
Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti had on Wednesday said he was ready to consider an "interesting" offer for Eto'o from Anzhi.
Eto'o finished as Inter's top scorer last season and helped the club win the treble the year before. But the Serie A giants are said to be pushing to sell him in order to finance a bid for Manchester City's Carlos Tevez.
Makhachkala is the capital of Dagestan -- one of Russia's most dangerous and unstable regions that sits to the east of war-torn Chechnya.
But that has not stopped Brazilian World Cup winner Roberto Carlos and Russian international winger Yuri Zhirkov from joining the club. The club's players live and train in the Moscow region and fly in for home matches.
The little club now sits joint fourth in the Russian Premier League and is poised to make an unlikely push for the title after being acquired in January by the oil and metals magnate Suleiman Kerimov.