HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club that Oldham Athletic are in advanced talks to sign former Blackburn Rovers captain David Dunn.
Dunn is currently a free agent after ending his long association with Blackburn this summer – having spent 13 years at Ewood Park across two spells at the club.
The 35-year-old has been a target for a number of clubs at home and abroad, but Oldham are hoping to tempt him to move to Boundary Park.
Oldham boss Darren Kelly sees Dunn as a vital addition to his plans as he feels his experience will prove invaluable to his young squad.
Dunn, who won one England cap in his career, is thought to be keen to stay in the north-west as he is currently taking his coaching badges and may be able to combine that with playing at Oldham if he can agree a deal with the Latics.
Dunn joined Blackburn as an eight-year-old and progressed through their youth system, establishing himself as a mainstay in the first-team.
He left to join Birmingham City in 2003, but returned to Ewood Park in 2007 and made over 350 appearances for Blackburn during his two spells at the club.