Wolverhampton Wanderers are today bracing themselves for a renewed bid from Championship rivals Crystal Palace to sign Carl Cort to link up with his younger brother Leon.
Peter Taylor, the new Palace manager, has so far been unsuccessful with separate £750,000 offers to unite the two south London-born brothers by bringing in Carl from Wolves and Leon from Hull City.
Palace have already gone back to Taylor's old club Hull with an increased £1 million offer for Leon and it is widely expected that they will approach Wolves again for Carl today.
Taylor, a close friend of Wolves boss Glenn Hoddle, has caused no surprise with his attempt to take Leon Cort. Though Carl Cort has only played for Taylor at England Under-21 level, the Wolves striker reminded him of his capabilities with the late winner against Taylor's Hull at the KC Stadium in February.
For Wolves to have turned down such an offer for a striker is heartening for fans concerned at the sight of nine players exiting Molineux since the end of last season.
Cort cost £2 million when he arrived from Newcastle United in January 2004, though it is still a surprise that Wolves should turn down such a good offer.
Cort, 29 in November, has only one more year left on his contract and had moved so far down the pecking order by season's end that he only made the bench for seven of Wolves' last eight games.
Despite topping of the Championship goal charts by the end of September, he had to undergo a cartilage operation in October.