Norwich manager Nigel Worthington has clinched the signature of Coventry midfielder Youssef Safri for an initial Ł500,000.
The Morocco international, who had a year left on his contract, is poised to sign a two-year contract with the Premiership newcomers, subject to a work permit.
The 27-year-old made 98 appearances for the Sky Blues, scoring once, and could make a rapid return to Highfield Road where Norwich are due to play a pre-season friendly on Saturday, July 31.
Worthington told the club's official website, www.canaries.co.uk:
"I'm delighted to capture a player of Youssef's quality. He's a very good passer of the ball and a hard worker who tackles well.
"He increases our options in midfield and his signing will help to further promote healthy competition for places in the squad, which is important."
Coventry boss Peter Reid said: "We're sorry to see Youssef leave. There is no doubting his class - he is a quality international footballer but every player carries a value and he had made it very clear that he wanted to play in the Premiership.
"I'm a great believer in that if a player wants to leave he will do so and we were not going to deny him this opportunity to play in the top flight.
"Youssef was approaching the final season of his contract and we were in a position whereby he could soon start negotiating to leave for nothing next summer.
"The Premiership is where he deserves to be playing his football and although I'm hoping to take Coventry back to the Premier League, the time was right for Youssef to move on."