Bristol Rovers director Lennie Lawrence hopes the club will wrap up the signing of Jeff Hughes this weekend.
Hughes, who finished last season on loan with the League One outfit, underwent a medical on Friday.
Lawrence now expects the 23-year-old to seal a permanent move within 24 hours, although he is taking nothing for granted.
"We are nearly there, although you never take anything for granted until the thing is actually signed," Lawrence told the Bristol Evening Post.
"But we are hoping things go to plan and we can get everything sorted over the weekend."