Preston North End will make Greg Dalby their fourth signing of the summer, subject to the American midfielder securing a work permit.
The United States Under-20 international captain had a trial at Deepdale towards the end of last season and impressed North End boss Paul Simpson.
The former University of Notre Dame player subsequently spent was subsequently linked with clubs across Europe, but has returned to Preston and agreed terms with the Championship club.
However, because Dalby has not played in the necessary 75 per cent of his country's international matches during the past two years, the Lilywhites are hoping to secure a work permit on the 'exceptional talent' ruling which saw Manchester United capture Brazilian youngster Anderson last month.
"I think it's an exciting signing for us. The way they do it in America he was ranked the second highest player in the university system to be selected for the MLS," Simpson told the club's official website.
"He decided that he wanted to come to England and to try and look here, so I am delighted that we are the club which has got this opportunity.
"We just hope that over the next few days we are going to be given permission to bring him in as our player."