Former Tottenham Hotspur, Wigan Athletic and Sunderland defender Pascal Chimbonda could be offered a short-term deal at Carlisle United.
The ex-France international, who has been without a club since leaving Doncaster Rovers in 2012, has been training with the Cumbrians in the hope of earning a contract.
Carlisle boss Graham Kavanagh played alongside Chimbonda during their time together at the DW Stadium and at the Stadium of Light, and he is prepared to give the 34-year-old an opportunity to prove his worth.
He feels the vast experience of a man who graced the Premier League not all that long ago and travelled to the 2006 World Cup could be crucial in League One.
Kavanagh needs to be convinced that Chimbonda has the fitness levels to be an asset, and the stomach for a third tier fight, but has been impressed by what he has seen so far.
He told the News & Star: "I know what Pascal's like as a person and as a character. With his history and calibre, I'd be foolish not to have a look at him.
"We'll monitor him over the next week and see where he's at.
"If we can get him fit, and he can fit into the group in a positive manner, I'd like to have him on board.
"He's said all the right things and it's a case of us having a look at each other.
"He's not looked out of place in training and he was fitter than I expected him to be considering he hasn't played professionally for a while."