Corby Town are poised to boost their striking options by signing Zema Abbey from Halesowen Town.
The 31-year-old striker is a free agent after playing for
Halesowen on non-contract terms this season.
And as a result Steelmen boss Graham Drury has moved to put in a seven-day notice of approach for the player.
That has now expired –allowing the Corby manager to open negotiations with the former Kettering Town man.
Drury has made his move after seeing his side slip to fifth in the BGB Southern League Premier Division after a four-game winless run that included a 2-1 home defeat by Halesowen last month in which Abbey played for the Yeltz.
"Zema is a different option for us which I think we need," said Drury. "We've had problems at home this season with teams coming to us and sitting back and making it difficult for our strikers to get in behind and get goals.
"So a change of approach with a target man like Zema up there causing defenders problems will allow players like Jon Stevenson and Steve Diggin to play off him and give them more scoring opportunities.
"With us losing Matt Nolan for the season and Tony Battersby leaving, we haven't got that sort of different option in attack that Zema will give us.
"That doesn't mean that we are now going to become a long-ball team. That's not our style and it's disrespectful to Zema to say something like that.
"He's very good on the floor and holds the ball up well but can also link the play and create space and opportunities."
Abbey played in the Football League for Cambridge United, Norwich City, Wycombe Wanderers, Boston United, Bradford City and Torquay United.
He was at Kettering for the first four months of the 2006-07 season before leaving to join Barton Rovers in the Southern League.
He moved to Halesowen in November 2007 where he has currently made 42 appearances and scored eight goals.
"People might ask why we are signing a player of Zema's age instead of going for a younger man," added Drury.
"But I certainly don't consider him too old at 31.
"And he still has the desire and hunger to play the game each week, put his body on the line and give it his all.
"He won't get you 25 goals – although he will pop a few in.