Blackpool and Hull could finally be close to agreeing a fee for Thomas Ince.
The clubs have been in talks ever since the 22-year-old joined the Premier League Tigers in July.
The winger was out of contract after three seasons at Bloomfield Road but Pool are entitled to a fee because Ince is under-23.
A similar situation concerns teenage centre-half Harrison McGahey, who left Pool for Sheffield United over the summer.
Both fees looked likely to be set by tribunal but Pool chairman Karl Oyston has revealed he is hopeful that one of the deals can be finalised between the clubs.
The Gazette understands Oyston was referring to Hull and the Ince deal when he said: “We remain in discussion with one of the clubs with a view to resolving it without the need of a tribunal.
“That club and ourselves would rather remove any uncertainty from the deal.
“I think it would be better to come to an agreement than to be stuck with a deal we aren’t happy with.
“We have strong cases with both players. In Thomas Ince’s case, we signed him out of Liverpool’s reserves and turned him into a very good Championship, and now Premier League player.
“If the Ince and McGahey deals do go as far as tribunals, we will send a solicitor who is a football expert to represent us.
“It’s mainly statistics rather than opinion which determine the evaluation.”
Ince has made three Premier League appearances for Hull but has not featured since August.