Derby County manager Paul Jewell is on the verge of clinching the signing of Latvia international Andrey Pereplotkin on a season-long loan deal.
The 23-year-old winger featured in the recent pre-season clash with FC Utrecht and will become Jewell's 12th summer signing when he completes his switch to Pride Park.
"Andrey can play wide right or left," Jewell told the Evening Telegraph.
"He's a good footballer and impressed me greatly, and considering the Utrecht match was his first game for us, I thought he acquitted himself very well.
"For the money it's costing us, it's a gamble that's worth taking."