Motherwell boss Mark McGhee is hopeful Souleymane Mamam will be granted international clearance in order to secure his move to the club.
Togo international Mamam has been on trial at Fir Park, and McGhee is keen to secure his services for the 2008/09 season.
Complications with Mamam gaining international clearance could see the deal collapse, but McGhee is optimistic of landing the midfielder.
"We would like Mamam to stay for the season, but he has outstanding issues with his visa and work permit which he needs sorted," he told the Glasgow Evening Times.
"He has been playing for Royal Antwerp. If he can do that, then he will play for us this season.
"I think he would be a good addition to our squad. He is different to the type of player that we have here. We have been impressed with his attitude in training and in matches and, bit by bit, he has got fitter.
"He brings a lot of energy to our sessions. We will try to get things sorted before the transfer window closes."
Meanwhile, McGhee has not given up hope of landing Livingston's Dave Mackay, despite the Scottish First Division side insisting the defender will not be sold.
He added: "Our bid was the most we could have offered. We will not increase it. Perhaps Livi will come back at the close of the window."