Wigan Athletic manager Steve Bruce is ready to pitch prospective new signing Cho Won-Hee straight into first-team action.
The Latics believe they are close to completing the formalities which will see the 25-year-old Korea midfielder arrive at the JJB Stadium.
Cho is a free agent having recently left Korean club Suwon Bluewings at the end of his contract.
"He's had his medical and it looks as though his work permit will be granted," Bruce told the Wigan Observer.
"He trained again today but has to go back home now to complete the paperwork.
"We hope he'll be able to come straight in to the squad and he will be a good addition for us.
"He's a utility player, but I feel his best position will be in midfield.
"We have a deal in place that lasts until the end of the season and then a two-year contract ready at the back end of that."