Leicester Tigers are close to signing South African lock Robert Andrew.
Chief executive Simon Cohen said 24-year-old, who plays for French Division Two side Pau, would provide valuable cover in the second row next season.
Tigers have a number of injury concerns in the forwards ahead of next term.
"We're not sure how Ed Slater will be and we hope there will be no issues with Jordan Crane and Louis Deacon, but we are not sure and need cover in that area," Cohen told BBC Radio Leicester.
"He's played in the rough environment [in Division Two in France] and he and has done pretty well there."