Preston North End chairman Derek Shaw believes they will have a decision from transfer target Sam Parkin next week.
The Lilywhites are keen to boost their attack with the signing of the former Chelsea and Swindon Town hit-man, having agreed a fee with Parkin's club in Championship rivals Ipswich Town.
Luton Town have also agreed a fee with Ipswich for the 25-year-old, with Parkin still to make a decision on his future after speaking with both interested clubs.
Shaw is hopeful they will know more about the situation in the next week.
"We've spoken to Sam and we know he has spoken to Luton as he and his advisor have been very honest with us and I have been told that there are things which favour Luton and there are certainly factors which favour a move to Preston," Shaw told Preston's official website.
"He wants to sort out some things with Ipswich and he doesn't appear to be in a hurry to do this overnight, but we should hear more next week.
"He and his advisor feel that perhaps he rushed into signing for Ipswich last time, he's lived out of a suitcase down there and he wants the next move to be right for him because he feels at his age, he needs to push on."