The Greg Inglis saga could have a late twist with Melbourne Storm expecting a formal request from Parramatta to approach the superstar despite Eels chief executive Paul Osborne publicly claiming he believed it would be a waste of time chasing him.

Inglis is expected to sign a deal with the South Sydney Rabbitohs but it is believed that the Eels, with former Storm assistant Steve Kearney at the helm, are also keen.

The Storm put out a statement on Monday declaring that any clubs interested in signing Inglis must formally request an approach to the player, who is still on Melbourne’s books after the deal with Brisbane fell over last weekend.

Storm chief executive Ron Gauci said he had only received a formal request from South Sydney but had spoken to Osborne.

When asked if he expected to receive a request from the Eels, Gauci said: ”That’s the impression I get, yes.’.

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