According to The San Diego Union-Tribune, the Chargers will play the Saints in London on Oct. 26. The game will most likely take place at Wembley Stadium, which is where the New York Giants beat the Miami Dolphins last October.
Chargers President Dean Spanos would not confirm San Diego's involvement to the newspaper but said, "We want to go. I'm cautiously optimistic."
Commissioner Roger Goodell is expected to make the announcement official at his Super Bowl media conference on Friday, according to the Union-Tribune.
This will be just the league's second regular-season game played outside North America. The meeting between New York and Miami this past October was the first.
The Saints would lose a home game.
In a story posted on the Chargers' Web site, the team says it anticipates the
London game will be played on Oct. 26, and that both teams would
have byes the following week.
Spanos is a member of the NFL's International Committee. He said
he and Goodell spoke about 2½ months ago and again recently.
The game will pit New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees against his
old team, and Saints running back Reggie Bush against his hometown
team. Brees was allowed to leave the Chargers as a free agent
following the 2005 season.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.