SWANSEA City hope the future of Bafetimbi Gomis will be settled before the weekend after his move to the Liberty was put on hold.
Swansea had at one stage seemed set to unveil Gomis as their player on Tuesday evening, and they then anticipated that his free transfer switch to Wales would be tied up yesterday.
But Swansea are now expecting a decision on Gomis one way or another by the end of the week.
It is understood that contrary to some reports, Gomis has not yet agreed the finer details of a contract which could tie him to Swansea for the next four seasons and that negotiations between the club and his representatives were continuing yesterday.
On top of that, the 12-cap French international is still to complete some parts of what is likely to be a stringent medical.
Despite the delay, Swansea insist their move for Gomis has not collapsed and remain hopeful that a deal will eventually be rubber-stamped.
It is thought Gomis is still in Swansea waiting to finalise his move to the Liberty Stadium, which must be regarded as an encouraging sign.
A number of rival clubs have also expressed an interest in the 28-year-old, however, and until he puts pen to paper, Swansea will not be able to celebrate what would be an eye-catching transfer.
Former Lyon star Gomis is one of the most attractive out-of-contract players available this summer, and convincing him to come to Swansea would represent a major coup for Garry Monk.
The new Swansea manager wants Gomis and last season's leading scorer, Wilfried Bony, to spearhead the club's Premier League assault next season.