Shares of Medtronic (MDT - Get Report) were higher by 2.21% to $82.01 in pre-market trading on Thursday, following a report late Wednesday night suggesting the medical device company is close to a deal to sell its medical supplies unit to Cardinal Health  (CAH - Get Report)

The deal is said to be worth about $6 billion.

Cardinal has long been assumed to be the main company to acquire the unit, since interested parties started submitting bids last month, Bloomberg reports.