Rochdale have agreed to sign Plymouth striker Lewis Alessandra on a two-year contract from 1 July.
The 26-year-old former Oldham and Morecambe forward scored 13 goals during 2014-15 as the Pilgrims reached the League Two play-offs.
Heywood-born Alessandra was at Dale's school of excellence aged 11.
"Keith Hill contacted me and I was very pleased not only to be playing for him, but to move up a division and to come back home," he said.
"It's one of the closest clubs to where I was born and I came to Spotland as a kid on a few occasions."