Sheffield United boss Neil Warnock is ready to hand former Everton midfielder Li Tie a one year deal as The Blades continue to prepare for life in The Premiership.
The Chinese international has been hoping to seal a switch to Bramall Lane after being released by The Toffees at the end of last season, and now Warnock looks set to grant his wish.
The Championship's second placed side have already snapped up Manchester City defender David Sommeil, and United are now ready to extend their links with China by capturing Tie on a one year deal.
"With all our Chinese connections it is an option," said Warnock.
"He is not asking for major money, hopefully he will sign for a season.
"It won't be a financial burden but it will give him an opportunity to try and force his way into the squad."
United have also been linked with Manchester City right-back Danny Mills, as the former England international has fallen out of favour with boss Stuart Pearce.
Preston North End's Claude Davis is another name linked with a move to Bramall Lane, and Warnock believes that a few more signings will create a squad capable of coping in the English top flight next season.
"Every day I read I'm going to be getting this player or that player," Warnock told the Sheffield Star.
"I know what my squad is capable of, especially with a few good additions.
"We're determined to go out there and prove those people who doubt us wrong."