Reports on the website HITC Sport say that Macclesfield Town will beat Port Vale to the signing of free agent Harry Smith.
Striker Smith is reported to be a target for the Valiants and is available on a free transfer after being released by Millwall at the end of last season.
A number of clubs have shown an interest in Smith and Port Vale appeared to be favourites to secure his signature.
However, HITC says rivals Macclesfield have moved late to convince the player to join the National League champions.
Vale remain in the market for another striker to add to their squad.