Leicester Tigers are closing in on signing Doncaster Knights back-rower Michael Noone for the rest of the season.
The Aviva Premiership outfit are looking to bolster their resources after the recent retirements of flankers Ben Woods and Craig Newby due to injury.
Noone impressed during a second team outing against Newcastle last week and the Tigers believe the 22-year-old can bring 'a real edge' to their squad.
Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill told the Leicester Mercury: "Michael played for the second team last Monday and did very well.
"We are finalising a contract for him for the rest of the season.
"He is a raw, young player with a lot of physicality and a real edge about him.
"There is a lot of talent that comes out of Ireland and there is not a lot of room at the table for all of those guys in their own country.
"He can play across the back-row and can carry the ball well.
"There is a glint in his eye that you get from some of the Irish boys that you meet and he is dead keen to get the opportunity and has shown some raw ability.
"We need to find the right people to replace the people that have left the club and, at this point, Noone will be a good signing for us."
The Tigers are also hoping to sign former Bourgoin back-rower Wessel Joost.