Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray has made a move for midfielder Malaury Martin, after the Frenchman impressed him in trials.
Martin was released by relegated Blackpool at the end of the season, but could now be facing his former club in the Npower Championship next season.
At 22, Martin could be a great investment for the club that will look to improve on their mid-table finish last year.
However, the contract being drawn up is currently a cautious short-term deal due to the player's lack of experience in English football.
Mowbray said: “We’re getting pretty close. We’re looking at bringing him in on a one-year deal.”
Martin joined the club for trials on June 30, and it took just under two weeks for the Scot to decide to draw up a contract.
The young midfielder, who has played at Under-21 level for France, proved to the former Middlesbrough defender that he was worth taking on.
The Boro boss added: “He’s got talent, he’s a young player who’s trying to get his career back up and running after a bad injury.
“He can do a bit of everything, he could be a useful addition to our midfield. He can pass, tackle, defend and he has a great shot on him, so we’ll try and utilise his talents as we move on depending on whether we can finalise the deal.”
If Martin does sign, he will join Boro in Slovenia for their pre-season training on Saturday.
The Nice-born hopeful will also boost the numbers at Teeside, making Mowbray’s effort to hold off Swansea’s bid for Marvin Emnes and Leroy Lita much harder to justify as the Welsh outfit reportedly prepare bids for the duo.