Penrith have offered Ivan Cleary a four-year deal to leave Wests.
According to NRL.com, the Panthers have verbally offered Cleary a long-term contract to return to the club next year.
The move would likely trigger a new and improved deal for Ivan’s son, Nathan, at the Panthers from next season.
Wests Tigers chairwoman Marina Go told NRL.com that if Cleary asked the club for a release that he would not be granted one.
Penrith are on the lookout for a new coach for next season after they parted ways with Anthony Griffin on Monday.
On the exit of Griffin, Panthers Group chief executive Brian Fletcher said: “There has been much speculation and rumours about the club and head coach Anthony Griffin over the last few weeks.
“After discussions with Anthony Griffin, it is time to end that speculation. By mutual agreement, the club and Anthony have agreed to part ways, effective immediately.
“Anthony departs the club after much success, having taken the Panthers to the finals in the last two years and leaves the club on track for another finals appearance in 2018.
“We would like to thank Anthony for his service to Panthers and wish him well for the future.”