Notts County have agreed a two-year contract with Ricky Ravenhill after the midfielder left Darlington.
The Quakers' dire financial situation has forced the club to axe all-but one member of the first-team squad, leaving Ravenhill in search of a new club.
He has now accepted a move to Meadow Lane, with the Magpies waiting for Ravenhill to tie up the loose ends of his exit from Darlington before finalising the deal.
"To strike a deal with Ricky is a massive bonus for us; I've been very determined to get him on board," Magpies boss Ian McParland told the club's official website.
"Ricky has been involved in a number of successful sides chasing promotion in recent years and I feel he will complement our style of play very well.
"I said getting the first one on board was important and I think to attract someone of Ricky's calibre to Meadow Lane is a good sign of what type of player we want to bring in.
"He is a genuine midfielder and the type we were missing last season. He is full of energy, likes to get his foot in and as well as that he can play the game."