Bolton midfielder Keith Andrews is set to return to former club MK Dons on loan after an ill-fated Watford spell.
The 33-year-old is on a season-long deal at the Hornets, but has not played since mid-November and is not training with the Championship side.
"We've spoken to Watford and Bolton and unofficially agreed terms with the clubs and Keith," MK Dons boss Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio.
"Keith can't train. He's not our player. But he's in Milton Keynes."
Andrews spent two years with MK between 2006 and 2008, playing 87 games and helping the club to the League Two title and Johnstone's Paint Trophy success.
He joined Bolton from West Brom in the summer of 2012, but spent most of last season on loan at Brighton.
The Republic of Ireland international was signed on loan for Watford by then-manager Beppe Sannino in August, but has reportedly fallen out with current Vicarage Road boss Slavisa Jokanovic.
Robinson said Andrews' impending arrival does not mean highly rated youngster Dele Alli is poised to leave.
"If he happens to come, he's not a replacement for Dele. He's a different type of player," said Robinson.
"We look at different systems. You can maybe play Dele at number 10 for a little more solidity.
"But Keith is here to support me as well. He is a friend of mine and the club. I think he would be an unbelievable signing."