Genoa are close to registering 19-year-old Internacional striker Bruno Gomes in time to face Sampdoria.
Sky Sport Italia claim the deal is done and will be finalised before the match on January 5.
In fact, he was supposed to arrive over the summer, but the details were not completed before transfer deadline day.
Genoa had even gone so far as to lodge an appeal to get the move pushed through.
Bruno Gomes has already been training with the Grifone for several months and impressed Coach Gian Piero Gasperini.
The Italian transfer window only opens on January 4, so it will be a very tight squeeze to get his papers rubber stamped.
Genoa could do with reinforcements in attack, as Diego Perotti is suspended and reportedly on the verge of a move to Roma.
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