Manchester City are facing late competition from Leicester in their £30m pursuit of West Brom defender Jonny Evans.
Pep Guardiola, the City manager, is prepared to meet Albion’s valuation for the Northern Ireland international and a second bid is expected on Tuesday.
But Leicester are also battling to sign the Albion captain and had an offer worth up to £23m rejected on Monday morning.
Leicester are backing Craig Shakespeare with funds to make one more major signing before the deadline and paying £30m for Evans would be no problem for the club’s ambitious owners.
Evans, 29, is yet to play for West Brom this season after an injury but his future remains uncertain ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline.
Guardiola is still the favourite to sign Evans, however, with the lure of Champions League football a huge advantage over the former title winners.
Swansea have also launched an ambitious bid to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches.
Paul Clement, the Swansea head coach, is making a serious play for Sanches and hopes to complete a surprise deal despite competition from the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool.
Sanches, the Portugal international, has been cleared for a loan move by Carlo Ancelotti after a disappointing debut campaign following his £30m move from Sporting Lisbon.