Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy has offered a short-term contract to former West Ham midfielder Jack Collison.
Chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi has vowed to strengthen Nottingham Forest year on year, with loan arrivals possible.
Both Brighton and Middlesbrough have been pushing for a deal for the 25-year-old, who has one-year left on his current deal at the John Smith's Stadium.
Now Brighton have pushed ahead and are close to agreeing a deal worth in excess of £1.5million for the former Mancehster City and Leeds man.
Brighton chief Sami Hyypia targeted Clayton earlier in the summer and is now set to land one of his main transfer targets.