A private consortium has promised to build new stadium in Melbourne's western suburbs if its A-League expansion bid is approved - but precisely who is footing the bill is a mystery.
Wyndham Council has partnered with the Western Melbourne Group, gifting them land in Tarneit where the 15,000-seat football-specific venue would be constructed.
The plans also include training pitches, sports medicine facilities, a gymnasium, community spaces and "residential and commercial development".
Crucially, and in contrast to other A-League expansion bids, none of it is dependent on state or federal government funding although details are sketchy as to how much the project will cost and who is paying for it.
Bid member and former Socceroo Steve Horvat refuses to divulge who the investors are other than to say they aren't from China as has been speculated.
"There's no overseas money associated with this bid. It's just local businesspeople that have invested," Horvat told AAP.
Only Football Federation Australia, Wyndham Council and those involved with Western Melbourne Group know the identity of the bid's financial backers, Horvat said.
"The people that need to be aware of who they are, are aware," he said.
"Everyone can just be rest assured that the funds have been guaranteed and that it's not a smokescreen.
"We'll give more details as to how that financial modelling will work in the coming weeks."
The Western Melbourne Group includes Horvat, prominent football agent Lou Sticca, KPMG partner Maurice Bisetto and another ex-Socceroo in Andrew Zinni, a construction director at ProBuild.
The consortium has evolved out of Horvat's Geelong-based 'Victoria Patriots' bid but shifted its focus approximately a year ago after receiving feedback from consultants and winning in-principle council support in Wyndham, which is about 25km west of the Melbourne CBD.
Horvat believes the bid's target region is far enough removed from Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City's fanbase that it would not cannibalise either club's support base.
"Every decision we make about what the stadium is going to feel like, what the club is going to feel like is pure football," Horvat said.
"That's what we're trying to build, a pure football experience for football fans."
The Western Melbourne Group is one of 15 consortia and four based in Victoria, vying for one of two new licences to join the A-League in season 2019-20.