LOS ANGELES, AUG. 4 -- The Los Angeles Raiders, never afraid to load the moving vans, are close to an agreement with the City of Irwindale that would allow them to relocate to the tiny California industrial town by 1990.

Officials from the city and the club are expected to meet Wednesday to finalize the agreement, which calls for the construction of a 65,000-seat stadium, a training facility and a Raiders Hall of Fame complex.

"We're confident; extremely confident," said Irwindale press spokesman Xavier Hermosillo. "I wouldn't expect an agreement in one day, but it won't be two weeks either. We're close."

Raiders officials refused to comment further on the negotiations, but the team has been shopping for a new home in Southern California since it broke off communications with Memorial Coliseum officials in April. The cities of Inglewood, Carson and Pomona expressed interest in the team, as did Sacramento, but Irwindale has apparently won out.

"A proposal has been put in front of us that certainly warrants our attention," said John Herrera, a Raiders senior administrator, in a recent interview with the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner. "We've discussed the proposal with them {Irwindale} and we are weighing it along with the others."

Inglewood, which secured the Lakers basketball team from the downtown area in 1967, has also presented the Raiders with a formal offer. But a complex joint-financing proposal has apparently hurt its chances.

Irwindale is 20 miles east of Los Angeles in the San Gabriel Valley, with just 235 homes, a population of 1,038 on 12 square miles of land. Its predominant feature is an 80-acre, 160-foot-deep gravel pit in the center of town.

But Irwindale has money -- more than $35 million in the bank -- and enough moxie to pique the curiosity of Al Davis, the Raiders' managing general partner.

"Our persistence has paid off," said Hermo-sillo. "When we started {negotiating}, we were the longest shot in the world. But we kept plugging away. Pretty soon, the Raiders realized we were serious."

On July 3, the City of Irwindale sent the Raiders a proposal that tendered a loan of $115 million with which to build a stadium in the gravel pit.

According to the letter, Irwindale promised the Raiders $1 million in up-front cash, plus $19 million within 120 days after the city secured sufficient financing. The remaining $95 million would be paid once construction got under way.

In return, the Raiders would agree to build a practice facility in the area and relocate their offices to the site. The stadium, which would remain the property of the Raiders, could be completed in time for the 1990 season.

The Raiders' current lease at the Coliseum does not expire until 1991, and stadium manager Joel Ralph has vowed to fight to keep the team "until the moving vans pull away."

But sources indicate that Irwindale has agreed to buy out the remainder of the Raiders' lease, should its own stadium be finished before 1991.

Inglewood had emerged as the front-runner in the Raiders derby in May, offering land adjacent to the Hollywood Park race track as a site for the stadium. Its proximity to downtown (12 miles) and the Raiders' current practice site in El Segundo (10 miles) were favorable, but a three-way financing deal between Davis, Hollywood Park and the city was not.

Either way, the Raiders seem certain to leave the Coliseum, which broke off negotiations with the Raiders over the construction of luxury suites. Talks between the two sides have never resumed despite repeated overtures from Ralph. "I don't think there's anything to talk about," said Irv Kaze, the Raiders' senior administrator. "{Ralph} has contacted us, but we have not gotten together. There's nothing left to say."