Manchester United agreed a fee with Spartak Moscow on Sunday for Serbia and Montenegro defender Nemanja Vidic.
The 24-year-old Vidic has been highly sought after since informing the Russian club of his intention to leave during next month's transfer window, which opens January 1.
Vidic recently told the Russian giants he wanted to leave the club, sparking interest around Europe in his talents.
The fee was undisclosed. However, according to the BBC, United is said to have agreed a fee with Spartak for the 24-year-old's services, thought to be in the region of seven million pounds (US$12.14 million).
United, which is looking to strengthen the center of a defense which has become the target for fans' criticism, beat off Champions League holder Liverpool and Serie A outfit Fiorentina.
Premiership rival Arsenal was also said to have been interested in procuring the services of the Serb star.
Vidic will fly to Manchester to discuss personal terms and undergo a medical.
"I am delighted the two clubs have come to an agreement," Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson told the club's Web site. "Nemanja is a quick, aggressive center-half and at 24 will be a terrific addition to the squad."
Vidic is expected to sign in time to play in the FA Cup game against non-league Burton on January 8 and make his first Premiership appearance when Manchester United takes on crosstown rival Manchester City the following weekend.
Vidic, who joined Spartak from Red Star Belgrade in July 2004, has become an important part of his national team's defense, which conceded just one goal in qualifying as Serbia and Montenegro secured a place in the World Cup finals.
United was to play West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford in the traditional Boxing Day full program of English Premier League matches yesterday.