Chester FC boss Steve Burr hopes to complete the signing of Ryan Higgins from AFC Telford United in time for the visit of Braintree Town on Sunday (3pm).
Burr made an approach for Higgins, who was not on a contract at New Bucks Head, on Christmas Eve and the 20-year-old has agreed terms with the Blues.
Telford had offered Higgins a new deal but his agent informed the Shropshire club his client wanted to move to Chester and the right-back withdrew from the Bucks game with Nuneaton Town on New Year's Day.
Burr said: "There are a few things just to sort out but hopefully all being well Ryan will be in the squad for Sunday's game against Braintree.
"There's one or two things to sort out but I'm sure we'll be able to do that.
"We put a seven day approach in for him, we spoke to the lad on Wednesday and barring a few hiccups I think we'll have the lad in with us."
Higgins, who had a trial with the Blues in summer 2012, has been at Telford since September having left Birmingham City at the end of last season.
Burr confirmed he was planning further additions too after a positive discussion with operations board member Tony Durkin about strengthening the squad.
"I had a good meeting with Tony Durkin on Wednesday regarding what we could do," said Burr after the 4-1 defeat at Altrincham on New Year's Day .
"There's a bit of money there that we can us to strengthen the squad, obviously there will have to be players who depart but I think it's plan to see we've hit a barrier and there are certain areas we just to improve and be better.
"From one week to the next at the minute, we are getting a good performance and then we're getting an indifferent performance
"I want to kick on, I don't want to be happy with being bottom half of the table, I want to be up there.
"We had a great opportunity at Altrincham I thought, particularly with the win at Halifax, and then we've come here and we're back to where we were."
Burr has been allocated some of the revenue from the FA Cup to bring in new faces and has said he wants to make three signings in the transfer window, which opens on Saturday.
In addition to Higgins, the manager wants at least one new striker and could also be looking for another central midfielder. He will have one eye on developments at Fleetwood Town, whose desire to sign another forward could mean Matty Hughes becomes available again.
Burr confirmed he would be looking to move players on too, with the likes of Danny Harrison, John Disney and Wayne Riley unable to break into the team.
"I've got an idea of what we can do so that's pleasing and we'll try and use that in the best way we can and strengthen the squad, which certainly needs it," said Burr.
"I only found out on Wednesday about what we could do so over the next few days now the ones we are looking to move on I'll be discussing that with them.
"It's obvious that some of the lads have not been in the squad and are not playing so they need to have a look and get playing regular football."