Cobblers boss Chris Wilder has made a contract offer to a central midfield player who was released by a Sky Bet League One club this summer.
The player in question has spent time under Wilder previously in his career and, if he were to sign, the club’s midfield recruitment for the 2014/15 campaign would be complete.
Wilder is hopeful the player will accept the contract and join up with the squad in time for their first full day of pre-season training on Monday.
The manager has also reached advanced stages of negotiations with a left-back while a Premier League right-back is also on the verge of agreeing to a season-long loan deal at Sixfields.
When those signings are completed, the final piece in the jigsaw will be a ‘big, number nine’, although as it stands some of the budget is being held back for that addition.
Town already have five strikers under contract for next season - Emile Sinclair, Marc Richards, Ivan Toney, David Moyo and Alex Nicholls - but Wilder wants a more physical player to complete his attacking options.
“We have to make sure we have that different option,” he said.
“We want to be able to play through teams and around teams but we also want to be able to play over teams.
“It goes without saying that we’re after a number nine.
“You can’t be an idealistic manager in this league and that’s the case possibly in the Premier League.
“The manager that gets the best results there is (Jose) Mourinho and he mixes his game up, he doesn’t say we’re always playing like this.
“If Chelsea have to get it into the box and get the centre-halves up, that’s what they do.
“We have to be like that, we have to find a way of winning a game of football.
“Our season will ultimately be defined by that. We don’t play direct football, we want to play productive football and be good in both boxes with control in between.”