Marseille have emerged as favourites to recruit Lille midfielder Idrissa Gueye, according to L’Equipe.
The highly rated footballer is almost certain to leave les Dogues this summer and he recently hinted at a Premier League switch.
However, while his English suitors have yet to make their interest concrete, Marseille have moved to the front of the queue with a €9 million proposal.
OM look set to stay without Gianelli Imbula, while Dimitri Payet has already left the club, and they want Gueye to improve their midfield department.
The two clubs met on Monday to discuss the deal and the Senegal international appears ready to move to Stade Velodrome.
With coach Marcelo Bielsa also giving the green light for the transfer to go ahead, everything suggests Marseille will soon announce the first signing of the summer.
OM are also expected to compete the purchase of Dutch defender Karim Rekik from Manchester City in the coming days.