Ipswich have revealed that they are close to signing defender Pim Balkestein from Heerenveen.
The 21-year-old was invited for a trial at Portman Road towards the end of last season and featured for Ipswich's reserves.
He impressed manager Jim Magilton and an agreement has now been reached between the sides.
Balkestein has yet to finalise personal terms with Ipswich but chief executive Derek Bowden is hoping to conclude the deal soon.
"Terms have been agreed between the clubs and it's now a case of agreeing personal terms with the player," Bowden told the club's official website.