According to The Chronicle, Sunderland are still waiting for an answer from playmaker Jonathan De Guzman having agreed a deal to sign the 27-year-old.
De Guzman signed for Napoli last summer, but failed to really establish himself as a key figure under Rafael Benitez, even having scored seven gaols for the club last season.
The Dutch international could leave now new manager Maurizio Sarri is in place, and it seems that a Premier League return could be on the cards for him.
The Chronicle report that Sunderland - managed by Dutchman Dick Advocaat - have reached an agreement with Napoli to sign De Guzman on loan, having made a dreadful start to the season.
Having impressed during his time at Swansea with 16 goals in two seasons, De Guzman has proven himself in the Premier League before, and would provide a much needed creative force in the final third for Sunderland.
However, the report also states that, despite the agreement to sign De Guzman on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent deal, Sunderland are yet to hear back from De Guzman over his move to Wearside.
With De Guzman stalling a decision over his future, Sunderland are left wondering whether they will manage to sign their top target - and with just over a week to go until the transfer deadline, they will need a decision soon.
If the Dutchman doesn't come to a decision in the coming days, Advocaat may need to turn his attention elsewhere, even if he believes De Guzman can help reverse Sunderland's woeful beginning to the campaign.