Shaun Harvey is set to take over as the new Sunderland head of recruitment in two weeks, Football Insider has learned.
The northern Irishman has decided to quit Blackburn Rovers to join the League One club next month.
A Sunderland source has told Football Insider that Harvey has accepted an offer from the club and he is serving a notice period that ends the middle of next month.
An announcement is expected to be imminent.
Harvey has been head of talent identification and player analysis at Rovers, where he has spent the last six years.
Rovers are now advertising his role as they set about replacing a highly regarded operator with a fine track record in the EFL.
It is regarded by Sunderland as a major coup as they continue the overhaul behind the scenes that began with appointment of Kristjaan Speakman in December.
He left another Championship club, Birmingham City, for the key executive role in the north-east.
Harvey is set to take on a role that was vacated by Tony Coton when he left in July of last year.
The former Black Cats head of recruitment is how the chief goalkeeping scout at Man Unite and charge with overhauling their keeper ranks this summer.
Harvey’s appointment would be the latest in a huge rebuild undertaken by new owner Kyril Louis-Dreyfus.
He has set about continuing the overhaul that began with the appointment of Speakman ahead of the January window.