Warwickshire have offered Ian Salisbury a contract and hope to complete his signing within days.
The former England leg-spinner, who was released by Surrey at the end of last season, has been offered a two-year deal at Edgbaston.
Although left-arm orthodox bowler Ant Botha is likely to remain as first-choice spinner, it is anticipated that Salisbury will provide cover and support on turning pitches.
Weakened by the loss of Alex Loudon, who unexpectedly retired at the age of 27 last month, Warwickshire were keen to strengthen their spin-bowling resources.
Though they retain high hopes of some of the younger players - the likes of Nick James, Shaaiq Choudhry and Bhavik Patel - it is thought unrealistic to expect any of them to graduate to the role of a wicket-taking first-team bowler within 24 months.
There will be some raised eyebrows at the signing. Salisbury is, after all, hardly one for the future.
He will be 38 in January and took only 11 first-class wickets (at 68 apiece) in 2007, though the mischievous might suggest that makes him a like-for-like replacement for Loudon.
The market is hardly over-flowing with spin bowlers, however. Though Salisbury endured a disappointing season in 2007, he took 59 championship wickets in 2006 and remains a capable bat and reliable catcher.
As a wrist-spinner, he is likely to find turn on any surface and is seen as exactly the sort of positive character that Ashley Giles, the new director of cricket, would like at the club.
Salisbury, who is keen to move into coaching at the end of his playing career, should also prove an asset off the pitch. Though he has not been offered an official coaching role, it is hoped that the young spinners on the staff will learn much from him.
With 17 Tests and 853 first-class wickets (at 32 apiece) behind him, he certainly has much experience to impart.
Whether Warwickshire are assembling a team to bounce straight back to the first division remains to be seen. The club are keen to build a system that will bring sustained success to Edgbaston and are determined not to be tempted into short-term solutions, such as Kolpak signings. It may take a couple of years before the changes bear fruit. n Sachin Tendulkar has rejected the opportunity to become India's Test captain.
The 34-year-old was offered the chance to take over from Rahul Dravid, who resigned in September, but felt it was not the right move at the current time.
Tendulkar said: "I am reluctant to become captain. I don't feel right about it at the moment."
His decision means that Mahendra Singh Dhoni - the one-day skipper - is the favourite to take over ahead for the first of three Tests against Pakistan, which starts on November 22.