HITC Sport understands Aston Villa have opened talks.
Aston Villa have opened talks with Fulham over Ross McCormack after making a bid for the Scottish star, HITC Sport understands.
Norwich City have been locked in negotiations with Fulham for over a week after they made an offer of a around £10million, but had been hoping to strike a deal nearer £11 million.
However, Aston Villa have now come in with a bid of £12 million - which is understood to be around Fulham's asking price for their skipper.
HITC Sport understands that McCormack - who is not currently training with Fulham as he waits on news of his future - is now waiting to see which, if any, club he will be allowed to talk to.
Fulham themselves are looking at other options including Middlesbrough's David Nugent, but they do look to set to allow McCormack to talk with both clubs.
New manager Roberto Di Matteo poses after the press conference
Sources close to the deal have confirmed to HITC Sports that Norwich will need to up their initial offer and also re-think the personal terms they are offering if they want to rival Villa for McCormack's signature.
Villa have been rocked by the fact Ciaran Clark is set to depart the club for Newcastle, but the signing of McCormack could be a huge boost to boss Roberto Di Matteo.