The Athletics and Oakland appeared headed for a last-minute deal after A's owner Lew Wolff said he received permission from baseball commissioner Bud Selig to move the team from Coliseum unless a new stadium agreement was reached, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Thursday.

Wolff sent an e-mail Wednesday night to Oakland officials saying he had authorization from Selig to immediately move the team outside Oakland if no deal was struck Thursday.

The e-mail prompted city and county officials to immediately restart negotiations to keep the A's in Oakland, and a new deal was being discussed Thursday morning by the eight-member board of the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority.

Oakland city councilman Noel Gallo, who was initially opposed to the proposed 10-year lease proposal, said city, county and baseball leaders were on the phone working out a deal overnight.

"I think this agreement will be fair," Gallo said, according to the Chronicle. "It might not be perfect, but I think it'll be good for Oakland and the region in the long run."

In the email, Wolff said that the Athletics were upset that, after reaching an agreement following 14 months worth of talks, the JPA had yet to approve it.

"No other lease negotiation entity was ever noted to us or MLB for 14 months. To characterize not looking beyond the fully negotiated lease as a negative of our 14 months of discussion is unacceptable to us and MLB," Wolff wrote in the email. "We now find out that the city has some rule that causes even a city JPA representative that wishes to vote their beliefs, that such a decision can be altered to translate a positive vote to a negative vote. At no time over 14 months was this use of some rule ever mentioned to us. We do not wish to be involved in any aspect of local city political maneuvering.

"To suddenly try and involve us in a direction that was never once noted is absolutely unacceptable. ... Our desire is to remain in Oakland under the terms that we believed we have fully and mutually agreed. And that a fair and open vote at the JPA would be conducted, and then if we have to answer any concerns at the County or city, we would do so."

The Coliseum, which was built in 1966 and has been home to the Athletics since 1968, has had multiple sewage problems in the past year.