Dell has reportedly agreed to let activist investor Carl Icahn pour over its books, as the opposition mounts to founder Michael Dell's plan to take the firm private.
Last week, Ichan joined in the growing number of Dell shareholders objecting to the terms of the $24bn offer to go private.
According to Reuters, Icahn has struck a confidentiality agreement with Dell's management that will let him take a closer look at the hardware giant's finances.
Icahn had earlier argued that shareholders would get a better deal if Dell paid out $15.7bn in special dividends, rather than just accept the offer to go private.
Michael Dell announced his plan to take the company private earlier this year, ostensibly in a bid to give the tech vendor the time and space to restructure its business away from the relentless glare of the stock markets.
But some of the biggest holders of Dell stock, including T Rowe Price and Southeastern Asset Management have lined up against the deal, arguing that the offer undervalues the firm.
Icahn had previously mooted the idea of putting together an alternative management team, who would stand in opposition to Dell's current board, if his plans were not accepted.
Dell's stock is currently trading at $14.30, above the $13.65 offer made by Michael Dell, suggesting that many investors believe a better offer will be forthcoming.
Dell has not immediately responded to request for comment.
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