The consortium hoping to take control of Aston Villa remains "very optimistic" it can take charge of the club sooner rather than later.
Irish property developers the Comer brothers and consortium front man Michael Neville are holding a meeting with their bankers this week with a view to putting funds in place for a takeover to be launched.
Villa was said to have lost patience with the drawn-out nature of the bid and on Friday appointed financial advisers Rothschild to seek a buyer, with chairman Doug Ellis having made it clear the time was right to sell.
But the Comers and Neville are pushing ahead with their attempt to take charge of Villa and end the reign of Mr Ellis, who is the major shareholder, after more than two decades.
Neville, a lifelong Villa fan, has been reluctant to make any public comment on the proposed £64 million takeover but he insisted: "I am still very optimistic of clinching this transaction.
"Nothing has changed. We are still pursuing the same course of action and remain optimistic we can soon do a deal with Aston Villa."
The consortium has been puzzled by the timing of Villa's decision to appoint Rothschild as it feels real progress is being made towards concluding a deal.
It is also adamant in being a genuine contender to buy Villa, given the amount of time, effort and money it has been putting into the project.
The Comers and Neville had hoped to tie up a deal for Villa before Christmas but it was said to be the slow progress that prompted Mr Ellis to bring in Rothschild.