Paul Lambert is confident Aston Villa will complete the signing of Feyenoord midfielder Karim El Ahmadi in the coming days.
The 27-year-old is in talks with the Premier League side and they are eager to integrate his combative skills into their midfield.
Lambert has set about reinforcing his squad after his appointment earlier this month, and believes the Morocco international can add extra quality to his ranks.
"We're in talks at this moment, those talks are ongoing and we hope to reach a positive conclusion with Feyenoord and the player," said Lambert.
"Karim is a player who I feel could definitely improve our squad. He has experience of big club football and also at international level.
"He can pass the ball well and he could be an important player for us in central midfield.
"Let's see how things progress. We're very hopeful."
Ahmadi spent four seasons with FC Twente before signing for Feyenoord in 2008 for 5million euros (£4m).