Middlesbrough and Manchester City are leading the race to sign unsettled Brazilian striker Fred from French side Lyon.
The 24-year-old international striker has fallen out of favour with the French champions and is believed to be keen on a move to the Premier League.
Fred is behind France international Karim Benzema in the pecking order at the Stade Gerland and is reportedly available for transfer for £9million.
The former Cruzeiro striker has scored 25 times in 55 matches for Lyon and both Middlesbrough and City are believed to be keen on securing his services.
Fred has also scored five times in his nine appearances for his country.
Speaking earlier this month, Lyon revealed they were willing to listen to offers for the unsettled striker.
"We have not received any offers as yet but if we get the right one we are open to selling him," said sporting director Bernard Lacombe.
"We expect something to happen from a foreign club in the next few days."