Carlisle United have signed a lock-out agreement with an unnamed developer, giving them the exclusive right to find the Cumbrians a new stadium.
The club had earmarked a site at Kingmoor Park in their initial plans, which were released in November 2011, but that concept has faded with Kingmoor Park Properties boss Tony Goddard saying the ground would not be on that site.
Carlisle's managing director John Nixon has said the club, who have played at Brunton Park
since 1909, are working towards a ground "in and around the city".
Nixon added: "It's a very difficult job and these things take time.
"You've got to get the right developer, the right situation, the right ground and the right finance package that isn't going to pull the club down."