Rumours in Hong Kong are suggesting that Carson Yeung's takeover of Birmigham City could be done next week.
David Gold, the Blues chairman, has become increasingly frustrated with the lack of communication from Yeung, who owns 29.9 per cent of the club and has until December 20 to complete a takeover.
Yeung needs to find £35million to acquire complete control of the club but, so far, has not given any indication as to how he will finance this.
However, sources in Hong Kong, where Yeung is based and where he made the majority of his fortune, say that the Chinese businessman remains serious in his pursuit of Birmingham and will be in a position to complete the takeover before the deadline.
This will come as a surprise to Gold, who has since claimed that he would be "delighted" if the deal fell through, and appears to have developed a new desire to be involved in the club's future.
The 3-2 victory away to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon certainly helped, as has the enthusiasm that has surrounded the arrival as manager of Alex McLeish.
McLeish, the former Rangers manager and Scotland head coach, is understood to be pleasantly surprised at the quality of the Birminghamsquad and, suddenly, the need to sign players in January - a difficult situation, given the complications of the Yeung situation - is diminished.
For now, Yeung still calls the shots because he is the majority shareholder and he still has an agreement with the club that he can assume a complete takeover if he provides proof of finance by the Thursday before Christmas.
Contrary to the perceptions of Gold, Yeung apparently has every intention of completing the deal, even if it appears that he is not quite as rich as first thought. The mere fact that he has allowed the takeover to descend into mystery and intrigue suggests that he needs the intervention of his bank and of his business partners to raise what is, at the level of a Premier League owner, a low sum of money.
True, it is not as if Yeung is "buying a television set" - to quote one of his spokesmen; the one who clearly had a facility for colourful language - but providing proof of finance should not be difficult for a man worth between £150million and £1.2billion depending on which source is to be believed.
Nowhere to be seen is the smooth transition that marked Randy Lerner's takeover of Aston Villa in September 2006. Nowhere to be seen is the enthusiasm among Birmingham supporters for Yeung that their claret-and-blue counterparts had for Lerner.
Yeung's public relations have been less than impressive. Even if - or when - his takeover is confirmed, he will have a difficult job convincing the fans that he has the attributes to take the club forwards. Indeed, it appears that he cannot even convince Gold that a Yeung takeover is in the best interests of the club.
Gold has indicated that, if the takeover falls through, he would be willing to negotiate to buy back the shares originally sold to Yeung. And then, surely, the Birmingham owners - Gold, his brother Ralph and David Sullivan - would ask themselves if they should have even thought about trying to sell the club.
If David Gold is to be believed, there is no shortage of businessmen expressing an interest in the club. Lakshmi Mittal, the Indian billion-aire, was linked with a bid last summer before Yeung firmed up his interest by buying a 29.9 per cent stake in July at a cost of £15million.
However, it appears likely that, if Yeung fails to make the December 20 deadline, the Gold brothers and Sullivan would be more than happy to reassess their own position and perhaps commit themselves to the club on a long-term basis.
If that happens, they are sure to regret that they ever came across Yeung. The issue has done nothing but embarrassed the club, contributed to the departure of Steve Bruce as manager and provided instability on the pitch at a crucial stage of the season. The arrival of McLeish has lessened the impact of Bruce's departure but Birmingham should never have lost their manager under such circumstances.
David Gold has said that he will honour his agreement with Yeung and the chances of the takeover going through now seem to be growing, rather than decreasing. When Gold said the chances are "less than 10 per cent", that might have been wishful thinking on his part. The truth is, among the business elite of Hong Kong, there is talk that Yeung will soon be the owner of a Premier League club.