Liverpool under-21 striker Michael Ngoo has arrived in Edinburgh to complete a loan move to Hearts until the end of the season.
Should the deal be completed on Friday, Ngoo will go straight into the squad for Saturday's Scottish Communities League Cup semi-final.
Hearts take on Inverness at Easter Road for a place in the final.
Tynecastle manager John McGlynn has been actively seeking a new striker to bolster his side.
"It has been our Achilles heel this season, getting the ball in the back of the net," he said on Thursday.
"It would be nice if we could freshen things up up front."
"It would be great to get to another cup final and it would certainly lift everything"
Hearts are currently bound by transfer restrictions that stipulate they can only register under-21 players and any signing must be a replacement for a player sold or released.
"With our sanction, with Ryan McGowan and Peter Enckelman going out, we only have one space we can fill right now," said McGlynn, who signed Danny Wilson on loan from Liverpool last week.
And McGlynn hinted there could be further departures from Tynecastle
"Watch this space," he said.
McGlynn concedes Inverness could be considered favourites for this weekend's encounter, even though Hearts are likely to have more fans at Hibernian's ground.
"It is an awkward one, because Hearts are clearly the bigger football club, but at the minute Inverness are the ones that are doing particularly well," added McGlynn.
"It would be great to get to another cup final and it would certainly lift everything.
"And the financial boost the club would get would be a massive bonus."