Leicester are set to tie up a deal for Japan international Yuki Abe from Urawa Reds.
The midfielder has agreed terms and is expected join the Championship club subject to a medical, officials from the J.League club have confirmed.
The 28-year-old, who played for Japan at the World Cup finals in South Africa, has 49 caps for the national side, scoring three goals.
His transfer could hit complications however, as the defensive stalwart has not made the required number of international appearances to be granted a work permit.
Abe departed for England to finalise negotiations and undergo a medical with the Foxes at the Walkers stadium.
However, Urawa Reds general manager Koichi Hashiratani feels that as Abe was an ever-present for Japan at the World Cup, he should be granted a special exception to sign for the East Midlands outfit.
"Having played in all four World Cup matches I think he will clear that hurdle," said Hashiratani on Kyodo News.
Abe helped Urawa to win the AFC Champions League back in 2007 and participated in the FIFA Club World Cup the same year.