Wigan's bid for Holland midfielder Denny Landzaat has been accepted by his club AZ Alkmaar.
The 30-year-old, who featured for the Dutch at the 2006 World Cup, has 21 caps for his country.
The Latics are up against Spanish side Espanyol for Landzaat, who helped AZ to the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup two seasons ago, but manager Paul Jewell is confident of getting his man.
'He's a player that I think can make a big impact at Wigan and I hope we can finalise the deal,' he told the club's official website.
'It is not normal for us to comment on targets before a deal is completed but in this instance the news has already been made public.'
Jewell added on the club website: 'I don't want to say anything more at this stage, only to say we are very hopeful Denny will become a Wigan Athletic player in the near future.'
Landzaat is AZ's captain and scored 10 goals from midfield for the Eredivisie side last season.
He is a product of the Ajax Amsterdam academy set-up and has also played for MVV Maastricht and Willem II.
He was used as a second-half substitute by Holland coach Marco van Basten in each of the Oranje's three group games in Germany, but was not involved in the hugely controversial second-round clash with Portugal.