Hibernian boss Pat Fenlon believes Tom Taiwo can help to fill a void at Easter Road by bringing quality and energy to his side's midfield.
Hibs are finalising paperwork on a two-year deal for the 22-year-old, who left Carlisle at the end of last season.
"We felt we were a little bit light in midfield," Fenlon said.
"When Lewis (Stevenson) got injured we went into games with (Gary) Deegan and Jorge (Claros) and nobody on the bench that could play in a central midfield position.
"We wanted to bring in someone in that position, but we also wanted to bring in someone that can improve us. We also want competition within the club.
"We've brought him (Taiwo) in to go and play. He's a good player. He's good on the ball. He gets it and he moves things quickly and keeps it simple.
"He has a fantastic attitude and we're delighted to get him in."
Taiwo will not make his debut in Saturday's Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Kilmarnock.
"He hasn't done loads of training," Fenlon added. "It will probably be a week, 10 days before we consider him to be fit enough to get involved."
- Tom Taiwo
- Pat Fenlon