West Bromwich Albion are reportedly preparing a second offer for highly-rated midfielder Scott Allan.
The Scottish teenager has been linked with a handful of Barclays Premier League clubs in recent months, with Manchester United the most high-profile.
Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson is reported to have sent his brother on a trip to watch the Dundee United player earlier in the season, although the Manchester United scout wasn't alone in casting an eye over the player.
Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion have both been credited with an interest in Allan, and it's the Baggies who are reported to be favourites to sign the player.
After an opening bid, reported to be in the region of £250,000, was rejected last week, local Scottish paper The Courier is claiming that Tangerines boss Peter Houston is braced for a second offer from Roy Hodgson.
The Baggies are looking to hijak their rivals for a 19-year-old who has less than a year remaining on his contract, and has already rejected an improved deal with the Terrors.
One key issue in the transfer saga is that Allan will be free to talk to any club in the January transfer window, giving clubs like Manchester United the opportunity to bring the player to England for nothing in the summer as part of a pre-contract agreement.