Aston Villa winger Scott Sinclair will have a medical in Glasgow at lunchtime on Saturday with a view to completing a move to Celtic later in the day.
“There’s no smoke without fire and there’s been a lot of smoke,” joked Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers at his club’s media conference on Friday.
“Scott’s a player I know well. I’d hope to sign a player before the weekend.”
Aston Villa boss Roberto di Matteo confirmed on Friday that Celtic have made an offer for the 27-year-old.
Celtic open their Scottish Premiership defence away to Hearts on Sunday, with a League Cup meeting with Motherwell to follow on Wednesday.
The next competitive match will be seven days later against Israel’s Hapoel Beer Sheva in the first leg of the play-off round of the Champions League.
With Patrick Roberts facing up to three weeks out with a hamstring problem and fellow winger Gary Mackay-Steven still recovering from an ankle operation, Rodgers is keen to land Sinclair, who moved to Villa from Manchester City last summer on a four-year contract.
The pair worked together for a second time at Swansea City from 2010 to 2012.
“I had him in at Chelsea when he was 16 years of age out of Bristol Rovers, I know him probably as well as anyone and I know his qualities,” added Rodgers.
“But there is a number of players that we are looking at and all of them we hope can improve the squad.”
“The squad will be better and stronger by the time we arrive at the next European games.
“We’d like to get in at least one new player before the deadline.”
Roberts was withdrawn in Celtic’s 2-1 win over Astana on Wednesday, with Rodgers saying the on-loan Manchester City player was “a risk” for the play-off matches with Hapoel Beer Sheva.
“He could miss the next two to three weeks,” he explained. “I’m disappointed for him since he was as at really good level of fitness and operating at a high level.