Aston Villa have contacted Birmingham City to enquire about Alex McLeish taking over their vacant managerial role, the Blues have revealed.
The Scot resigned from his position on Sunday, but City have refused to accept it given the circumstances and the manner in which he informed them of his decision.
McLeish sent an email to chairman Peter Pannu whilst Pannu was in Holland negotiating a deal for a player the 52-year-old had requested.
Pannu also expressed his concern that McLeish had offered his resignation in light of the Villa vacancy and it appears he has been proved right.
However, if their great rivals wish to recruit their manager, it will cost them up to £5.4m in compensation.
"I got an e-mail from Aston Villa, finally replying to all of our queries," Pannu confirmed.
"As expected, their legal department said 'now Alex McLeish is a free agent having resigned, we're free to speak to him'.
"Within the first year [of his new contract] he, or the club who sign him, have to compensate us at £5.4m.
"The first year expires on 30 June. The second year starts 1 July, when the compensation fee is £3m.
"The urgency of the whole thing, with this e-mail from Aston Villa, shows they can't even wait 17 days when the compensation is lower. It shows what this is all about.
"Because of this, what option is left to Alex McLeish and his advisers?" he added. "To make allegations against Carson Yeung, against the board, for interference or whatever excuse to show constructive dismissal.
"I'll be seeking an injunction preventing Villa from hiring him. I'll be reporting what's happened to the Premier League."
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