Wigan Athletic boss Steve Bruce has revealed that another unnamed club has joined Tottenham Hotspur in the race to sign Wilson Palacios.
Speaking on Friday, Bruce revealed that the club had "virtually agreed" a deal with Spurs to sell the Honduras international for a fee believed to be in the region of £12million.
But after his side's 1-0 defeat to the hands of Manchester City on Saturday, the Latics chief revealed that another party had made their interest in the 24-year-old midfielder known.
Palacios has been linked with a move to Manchester United in the past, but the fresh interest is believed to have come from their big-spending neighbours City.
"Another club has joined the chase for him and we will see what develops," said Bruce.
"I do not know if an offer has gone in officially as I am not sure where we are up to until I see the powers that be.
"He has had a fantastic 18 months here and we will fight to keep him but it is difficult."
Speaking after the narrow win for his side at the City of Manchester Stadium, City boss Mark Hughes refused to be drawn on suggestions that he was interested in Palacios.
He said: "We try not to discuss players we have not made bids for. That is the situation.
"I was not concentrating on his performance today, I was more interested in the performance of my players.
"I saw him in midweek against Manchester United and thought he was excellent."