Former Brazil international Denilson looks set to complete a move to Bolton Wanderers following claims of a successful trial from his brother and agent.
Denilson, 31, has been training with the Trotters this week in a bid to get a career - during which he was once the most expensive player in the world - back on track.
The left-sided midfielder cost Real Betis around £25million when he moved from Sao Paulo in 1999.
The Brazilian failed to live up to expectations during six years in Spain and has been out of contract since leaving Palmeiras in December.
However, Denilson's brother and agent, Denis de Oliveira Araujo, claims his client has impressed Wanderers boss Gary Megson with his fitness levels.
"He has undergone several tests and was highly praised by the staff," he claimed.
"They said that, despite not playing for a month, he has the same conditions of the other players.
"Bolton board members told us that Denilson's situation has to be settled on Wednesday.
"I am optimistic - they gave him the key of the closet of the training centre."
But despite claims of an impending offer, Araujo has warned that Denilson could look elsewhere should Bolton drag their heels.
He added: "If they do not give us an answer then I am going to consider that the negotiation is over and, in this case, we have a proposal from another European club."