Ipswich are close to securing a deal to take St Etienne midfielder Guirane N'Daw to Portman Road on a season-long loan.
The Senegal international is set to have a medical but Ipswich boss Paul Jewell insists the 28-year-old is unlikely to play against Blackpool at the weekend, even if the move does go ahead.
"As far as I am aware, everything is agreed with St Etienne for him to come on loan for the season," said Jewell on Thursday.
"He is having the medical this afternoon. That doesn't mean he is signing, but we are very, very hopeful.
"Hopefully, by this time tomorrow, everything will be done and dusted. Even if it is, I don't think he will be available for Saturday."
N'Daw spent last season on loan at Birmingham, playing 29 games for the Championship club.