"He has been fantastic and we are very close to agreeing a new deal with him,” said Pulis, of the 37-year-old who has been nominated for the EA Sports Player of the Month award for February.
“His performances have been special. His fitness level is first class. He's a block you want to build around."
McAuley is the highest-scoring defender in the Premier League with six goals and will be looking for more when his side host Crystal Palace on Saturday.