Torquay United boss Kevin Nicholson believes the club are the front runners to get former Paraguay defender Ronald Huth.
The 26-year-old impressed in a friendly against West Brom and Torquay need a new centre-back following skipper Angus MacDonald’s move to Barnsley.
“I’ve spoken to a few people he’s played for on trials over the last three or four weeks and he’s done well in all of them,” Nicholson said.
“But I’d say we’re probably in the driving seat at this point.”
Huth has won one cap for Paraguay, in a friendly with Argentina in 2011, having come up through the youth ranks at Liverpool.
He has since played in Italy, Greece, Paraguay and Bolivia, but is hoping to return to the English game.
“I’m chatting with him and his people. It’s a tough one, it’s not a straightforward one,” Nicholson added to BBC Radio Devon.
“I want my team built on character, based on attitude and nobody in this country knows Ronald for any longer than three weeks.
“He seems a good guy, he’s obviously excellent, I’m just having to make sure that if I do take a bit of a calculated risk we can go ahead with that.”