SWANSEA City are believed to making good progress in their bid to sign Middlesbrough's Rhys Williams.
Boro have so far given little away over Williams's situation, with chief executive Neil Bausor claiming last night the utility man is still "very much an MFC player".
But it is thought Swansea could complete a deal for the Australian international this week.
The Evening Post revealed on Saturday that Swansea are keen on Williams, who is capable of playing in central defence or at the base of midfield.
And though neither club has confirmed officially that talks are taking place, Swansea are understood to be in negotiations over a transfer which will be worth around £1.5 million.
But Boro boss Aitor Karanka insisted he knew nothing about Williams's possible departure when asked over the weekend.
The 25-year-old started at the heart of defence as the Riverside club beat Charlton 1-0 on Saturday.
Asked about the Williams-Swansea link, Karanka said: "I don't know anything about that.
"Rhys is a player who, when he concentrates 100 per cent, is a very, very good and I'm happy with him here."
Williams is one of the top earners at Boro, and struggled for his best form for much of 2013.
If they sell, Boro could use the money to reinvest elsewhere in Karanka's squad.