Northamptonshire are set to sign South Africa all-rounder Rory Kleinveldt as their overseas replacement for injured Australian seamer Jackson Bird.
A successful visa application will be required before the club can confirm Kleinveldt, who played for Hampshire in 2008, as one of their overseas players for this summer.
But Northamptonshire hope the 31-year-old will be available in time for the LV= County Championship Division One match at home to Yorkshire from April 20.
Kleinveldt has played four Tests, 10 one-day internationals and six Twenty20s for his country, but has not featured for the Proteas since July last year.
Coach David Ripley said: "We are very confident - we have the no objections certificate from the South African cricket board, which was the main stumbling block.
"We've just got to go through the visa process now and we hope Rory will be with us for the second game of the season.
“We had one or two other plates in the air if Rory couldn't come but it was looking tougher with the IPL going on and other international commitments.
“He's an all-round cricketer and can contribute in our one-day format as well as our championship format."