League Two side Luton Town plan to sign former Sunderland youth captain Lewis Gibbons, who has recently completed a two-year drugs ban.
The defender, 20, was released by the Black Cats after testing positive for a metabolite of cocaine and cannabis.
After serving his suspension, Gibbons returned to football last month with non-league Durham City.
"We've had him in for a week and we will be doing something, yes," Hatters boss John Still told the Luton News.
Durham said on Friday that the player had been offered a contract by Luton.
"He's a young boy, but someone that I know well and he was very highly-rated as a young man at Sunderland," said Still.
"Like lots of young men he did something really stupid. Well, we've all done stupid things, but for two years the boy has done nothing but training and waited to see if he can get back in the game."
Gibbons' ban expired last month and he has played four times for Northern League Division One side Durham.