Northampton boss Ian Sampson is confident of completing a deal to sign Crewe striker Calvin Zola this week.
Zola has been told he can leave Gresty Road and has had a medical with Alex's League Two rivals.
Sampson told the Chronicle & Echo: "Fingers crossed that will go through. He's been down to the club and had his medical and everything.
"He came through that okay on Thursday, he just needed to go home and speak to a few people about it.
"It's something we need. We've got a small squad as it is and once we start to get a few injuries it makes it difficult for us.
"Everyone knows we need a bit of help in terms of numbers and fortunately for me the chairman has allowed that to happen."