Sky Sports News understands Steve Bruce is in talks to become the new manager of Sunderland, with the North East outfit having agreed a compensation package with Wigan.
The two clubs have been engaged in discussions over the weekend, as Sunderland bid to convince Wigan to release the services of a manager who guided them to an impressive 11th place last season.
Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn had hoped to make an announcement on Sunday night and although that self-imposed deadline has passed, it is expected an official statement will be made imminently.
The Black Cats have been on the lookout for a new boss since Ricky Sbragia stepped down from the post after successfully retaining the club's top-flight status on the last day of the season.
Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has made no secret of his admiration for Bruce and will be loath to part company with a man he rates as one of the top managers in the country.
It is expected Sunderland will have to pay significant compensation to their North West counterparts, with Whelan having asked for a £3million fee.