Jermaine Jenas looks set to join the rest of Steve Bruce's low-risk, low-cost, yet relatively-well-known group of arrivals this summer.
Arsenal, having failed to land a holding midfielder so far this summer, have been linked with Stephane Mbia.
Swansea, who have been extremely active thus far in the transfer market, appear to be in no danger of stopping with Esteban Granero now a rumored target.
Aston Villa are interested in QPR midfielder Stephane Mbia after his team was relegated last season.
Arsenal's hopes of landing Julio Cesar from QPR have been boosted by comments from the keeper indicating that he likes London and would like to stay.
QPR and Reading were relegated from the Barclays Premier League following a 0-0 draw over the weekend.