Sky Sports News understands Middlesbrough's Adam Johnson wants the chance to speak with Manchester City.
Reports on Thursday suggested the Blues had lodged an official bid for the former England U21 international, with Boro boss Gordon Strachan confirming that approaches for the winger had been received.
Johnson has become a much sought-after possession during the January transfer window, following a number of eye-catching displays for Boro this term.
He has been the North East club's star performer this season, in an otherwise disappointing campaign for the Teessiders.
Middlesbrough are, therefore, determined to retain Johnson's services, with Strachan admitting that he remains optimistic regarding the club's chances of keeping the youngster on board until at least the summer.
However, the 22-year-old playmaker may take the decision out of Boro's hands by actively pursuing a switch.
It is understood he has requested an opportunity to speak with Premier League giants City, intrigued as to what the Blues have to say.
Should Johnson decide he wants out, City would have no problem meeting the financial demands of Boro.