The Warriors could be beaten in their bid to sign Kieran Foran with Canterbury reportedly set to make the Kiwis international an offer as early as today.
Reports out of Australia have the Bulldogs preparing to table a contract for Foran after club officials met with the troubled playmaker in the past 48 hours.
The Warriors have been favourites to sign the former Manly and Parramatta five-eighth on a one-year deal for next season but these developments could see the 26-year-old remain in Sydney.
The Bulldogs offer is understood to be greater than the Warriors but Fox Sports' Paul Kent said on NRL 360 that he believed Foran was leaning towards honouring a verbal commitment to Warriors managing director Jim Doyle.
A shift to the Bulldogs would reunite Foran with his old Manly mentor Des Hasler, who previously tried to recruit him when he left the Sea Eagles at the end of 2014 to join the Eels.
Following their exit from week one of the NRL playoffs, the Bulldogs are reportedly concerned about the form of halves Moses Mbye and Josh Reynolds and view Foran as a potential remedy to their misfiring attack.
While both the Warriors and Bulldogs are keen to secure his services, no contract can be finalised until the NRL approve Foran's playing comeback.
The games governing body need assurances that he has addressed numerous personal issues after he quit the game and was granted a release in July from his multi-million dollar Parramatta contract on compassionate grounds.
The NRL's integrity unit also want him to answer questions about his association with controversial betting identity Eddie Hayson and allegations linking him to match fixing.
Hayson is understood to be of a person of interest in New South Wales Police's probe into corruption in the NRL.
Hayson will hold a press conference in Sydney on Thursday afternoon to address the allegations.