French media claim Napoli are within hours of signing Lyon midfielder Maxime Gonalons for €12m.
The negotiations have been going on for several months, as a summer deal had already been extremely close to completion.
Olympique Lyonnais had set the transfer fee at €12m, but the problem had been personal terms with Gonalons.
According to RMC Sport radio, the Partenopei are finally close to agreeing terms with his entourage.
Agent Frederic Guerra is expected to arrive in Italy between this evening and tomorrow to sort out the final details.
The 24-year-old defensive midfielder has been at Lyon since July 2009 and is a versatile figure, as he can also play centre-back or central midfield.
He is a senior France international with six caps to his name and had also been linked with Arsenal.