FA Cup holders Wigan are set to hire Brentford's Uwe Rosler as their new manager after being given permission to talk to the former Manchester City striker on Thursday.
Latics owner Dave Whelan is searching for a new boss following the departure of Owen Coyle by mutual consent last weekend and has made Rosler his top target.
"We were given permission quite quickly by Brentford. They conducted themselves very well," Whelan told the Daily Mail's website.
"I'm confident of landing him and hopeful that we can get this done and dusted on Friday morning. I'm not hanging around.
"Getting Uwe in is my sole intention at the moment. He is a good young manager whose progression I've followed closely.
"I don't really know the exact amount of compensation but would estimate at around Â£200,000."
Rosler, who became a cult hero for City during his four-year spell at the club in the 1990s, has established an impressive reputation with Brentford, guiding them to last season's League One play-off final, where they were beaten by Yeovil, and into fourth place in the third tier this term.
If Whelan's talks with the German go well, it is expected Rosler will watch Saturday's Championship fixture at Millwall before officially taking charge next week.
Wigan, who were relegated from the Premier League just days after a shock win over Manchester City in the FA Cup last season, have struggled to mount a strong challenge for promotion back to the top flight and are currently 14th in the table, nine points off the play-offs.
Rosler, 45, took charge at Brentford in 2011 after previous spells as manager of Lillestrom, Viking and Molde.