WREXHAM boss Denis Smith is confident the player he wants to replace departed wing-back Carlos Edwards will agree to a Racecourse move early this week.
The Dragons boss has not named names but says his 24-year-old target, a regular in a Championship side last season, is willing to take a pay cut in order to stay close to his roots in the north west of England.
"I've spoken to his agent again this morning and they want the weekend to sort out one or two matters.
"I believe there are one or two minor financial details to iron out," said Smith yesterday.
"The lad wants to come to Wrexham but is making sure he can meet his financial commitments on what we've offered him.
"It might mean he'll be driving a smaller car next season and that sort of thing but I don't imagine there will be any problems."
Smith has also had talks with another potential newcomer and has agreed personal terms.
But, because Wrexham are in administration he is waiting for Football League guidance and clarification on a number of points.
The player's holiday arrangements will result in a further delay and it's now unlikely any deal will be concluded before the middle of next month.
The Racecourse boss played down speculation that out-of-contract striker Juan Ugarte was ready to sign for Welsh rivals, Cardiff City, following his talks with City owner Sam Hammam at Ninian Park on Monday.
Smith said: "I've spoken to Juan's agent who told me he has not yet had an offer which would tempt him away from us."
A number of other clubs, including Leeds United and Crewe Alexandra, have also expressed an interest in the goal-poacher but I understand Ugarte is keen to stay in the region, close to his former Real Sociedad team-mate and current Liverpol star, Xabi Alonso. Racecourse teenager Simon Spender has accepted Smith's offer of a 12-month contract after graduating from the groundstaff and the manager said he was losing no sleep over the fact central defender Craig Morgan is looking elsewhere for a better deal than has been put on the table.
"I've had another chat with Craig's agent but I didn't expect them to be happy with the terms on offer," he added.. "This one could drag on a bit but I've also made it clear that I've got my eye on a potential replacement."
Last week the Dragons boss imposed a June 21 deadline for out-of-contract play-ers to make up their minds.
Wrexham administrator David Acland will be meeting League officials next week to discuss a variety of topics, including season ticket arrangements for the new season, and other plans are also beginning to take shape.
In anticipation of a pre-season trip to Northern Ireland, a match against Glentoran has been pencilled in for Saturday July 30.
Trips to Hereford United and Newtown have been confirmed for July 19 and 20 respectively.