Director of football Lennie Lawrence has revealed he is close to making Pat Baldwin's stay at Bristol Rovers a permanent one.
The defender has impressed in the six appearances he has made since joining the Pirates on loan from Colchester and would be interested in a move to the Memorial Stadium.
Lawrence had his first offer for the 27-year-old rejected but is confident of getting his man.
He told the club's official website: "We have made an improved offer and hopefully that will be acceptable.
"Pat is a player we want here. The plan will be to do a loan until the summer and then it becomes permanent, but all the paperwork has yet to be done.
"I would like him in the middle of next week if I can.
"The last thing we want to do is pay what I consider to be an excessive transfer fee, but I am sure we will get there."
Lawrence is also hopeful of retaining the services of goalkeeper Mikkel Andersen until the end of the season but admits there could be complications as parent club Reading are currently without a manager.
"Reading's situation is still in limbo, but I am hopeful come the end of January they will allow us to do a standard loan until the end of the season.
"Having Mikkel here will be massively important to us."