Martin O'Neill is hopeful that goalkeeper Brad Guzan will be granted a work permit after a deal was agreed with Chivas USA.
The Aston Villa manager was close to signing the 24-year-old in January but the goalkeeper was denied work permit clearance.
Now O'Neill hopes that Guzan's appearances for the USA national side in the World Cup qualifiers will boost his chances of moving to Villa Park.
"As everyone knows we chased him last January and were hopeful at the tribunal for the work permit and it was narrowly defeated," O'Neill told the club's official website.
"Since then he has played quite a number of games for the USA - not only in friendly matches but also in competitive games by playing a couple of matches in the World Cup.
"His position would have improved immensely - so we are very hopeful."
Villa's first summer signing saw Chelsea's Steve Sidwell make the move to the Midlands and O'Neill insists he has other targets.
"We have started the ball rolling with Sidwell and hopefully with a bit of luck the goalkeeper will come in," he added.
"We have a number of players that we would like to bring to the football club - and this is what we are progressing."