Real Madrid and Spain legend Michel Salgado jetted in to Lancashire last night for shock talks with Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce.
The right back is on the verge of a free transfer to the Premier League club, and could complete the deal in time for the start of the new season.
Salgado, 33, has been capped by Spain 53 times and was part of Real Madrid's 2002 Champions League-winning side alongside the likes of Zinedine Zidane.
The defender, who is also the subject of interest from West Ham, quit Madrid after falling out of favour at the Bernabeu. He made over 250 appearances for the club.
Allardyce is well known for his love of experienced and cheap signings, and Salgado fits the bill perfectly.
The Blackburn boss was linked earlier in the summer with another ageing star, Christian Vieri.
Like the Italian striker, Salgado must convince Allardyce that he can withstand the physical challenge of the Premier League before Rovers conclude the signing.