The Gold Coast Titans are on the verge of unveiling Kiwis back-rower Kevin Proctor as their latest signing with a $2 million deal starting next season.
The NRL Premiership winner was this week given clearance by the Melbourne Storm to negotiate with the Titans and will be released from the final two years of his contract.
"We are definitely in talks with him," Titans operations chief Tony Mestrov told the Courier Mail.
"We haven't spoken directly to Melbourne, we are leaving that to his manager. He has to get a release from Melbourne and we'll go from there."
Proctor will arrive on the Gold Coast as a straight replacement for NSW Origin forward Greg Bird, who has signed with French club Catalans Dragons.
It is understood the Titans are negotiating a three-year deal worth $500,000 annually, but will consider a fourth season tying Proctor to the Gold Coast until the end of 2020.
"We haven't signed off on the contract yet, but things are progressing well and hopefully we get a positive outcome," Mestrov said.
"We will know more in the next few days."
Earlier this month, the 27-year-old from Te Kuiti welcomed the arrival of his second child with partner Leesa, who grew up on the Gold Coast, while the pair first met there while attending Palm Beach Currumbin High School.
"I've played my whole career with him, so to see him go would be pretty sad because he's pretty close to me and my family," said Storm and Kiwis team-mate Jesse Bromwich.
"I'm hoping we can keep him there but he's got to do what’s best for him."
Proctor has been at the Storm since 2008, playing 179 first grade games.
Proctor will turn out for New Zealand in their opening Four Nations match against England in Leeds this weekend.