The future of Bradford Bulls remains up in the air after the Rugby Football League described an offer for the club as "unreasonable and unrealistic".
The offer was made to Bradford's joint administrator Brendan Guilfoyle by a group of local Asian businessmen, known as the ABC consortium, but came with strings attached.
The consortium wanted an assurance from the RFL that the Bulls would be allowed to remain in Super League in 2013 and also sought the right to buy back from the governing body the lease to Odsal Stadium. The latest twist to the long-running saga comes just 24 hours before the latest deadline set by Guilfoyle to find a buyer and avoid putting the club into liquidation.
However, the RFL have revealed they have received details of a second offer, which is thought to be from a group involving the local Bradford MP Gerry Sutcliffe, a former Sports Minister.
In a statement, the governing body said: "The RFL has today informed the business consortium which has tabled an offer to the administrator of Bradford Bulls that the conditions attached to their proposal to acquire the club are unacceptable.
"The offer was submitted in writing on Tuesday but, after careful consideration, the RFL Board of Directors has deemed its conditional nature to be unreasonable and unrealistic.
"Details of a further offer for Bradford Bulls are currently being assessed by the RFL, which will continue to work with the administrator to help find new owners for the club."
Any buyer would have to satisfy the RFL of their intentions before the club was re-admitted to the league and, although the governing body have the final say on the Super League licence, they are obligated to consult the other 13 clubs who are known to be split on the subject.
The latest offer is thought to contain similar conditions but Sutcliffe, who is fronting the bid from local restaurant owner Omar Khan, insisted the plan would be to develop Odsal with support from Bradford Council.
The Bradford South MP told the Bradford Telegraph & Argus: "The bid aims to achieve three things - to create a sustainable future for the club, development of the stadium and to develop the site in the way we have all thought about in the past."