Northampton Town have agreed to sign Ishmel Demontagnac following his release by Notts County.
The 24-year-old winger, who made his Football League debut for Walsall at 17, will join the Cobblers on 1 July.
Demontagnac, who also had spells at Blackpool, Chesterfield and Stockport has signed on a two-year deal.
"He's been very successful in League Two before and he's a very talented player," Manager Aidy Boothroyd told BBC Radio Northampton.
"He's better than League Two level, in my opinion, otherwise he wouldn't have played in the Premier League and leagues above us.
"He's lost his way a little bit, and he needs somebody to put his arm around him or give him a kick up the backside when he needs it.
"Perhaps he's not fulfilled his potential and his talent and hopefully we can give him an environment in which he can prosper."
Northampton saw midfielder Michael Jacobs leave for Derby County this week, but Boothroyd says Demontagnac's arrival is not a like-for-like replacement.
"He's a lot quicker than Michael, for starters, and he'll play in a variety of positions thoughout the season.
"There's always going to be comparisons but he's a very different player," he said.
"On all three of those players, there are conversations to be had and decisions to be made," Boothroyd added.
"If you start putting deadlines on things, you put yourself under pressure. You can never say never."