Wrexham are poised to complete the signing of Silvio Spann after the Home Office granted a work permit for the Trinidad & Tobago international.
Spann had summer trials with Sunderland and Sheffield United
The midfielder, 25, is now set to leave the Trinidad club W Connection to join the Dragons on a three-year contract.
Wrexham will start the process of applying for international clearance and then registering him with the Football League.
"I'm delighted for the player," manager Brian Carey told the club website.
"He has had a difficult pre-season travelling from club to club in search of a contract, but I know he feels at home with Wrexham and he has certainly set his heart on playing for us.
"Hopefully we will have him with us at some stage over the weekend, then he can start training in earnest with the team next week."
Spann - who has also played in Italy and Japan - has had trials with Sunderland and Sheffield United this summer.
But T&T team-mates Carlos Edwards and Dennis Lawrence, both ex-Wrexham players, have given glowing reports of life at the Racecourse Ground.
"I've looked around Wrexham and the club comes highly recommended to me by Carlos and Dennis," said Spann, who missed a place in the 2006 World Cup because of injury.
"They have not suffered by playing their football there and I'm starting to feel at home."