Boateng previously saw a move to England collapse almost a decade ago when Steve McClaren tried to sign him at Middlesbrough - but he could not gain a work-permit.
Now he is a fully fledged Ghana international and a permit would no longer be an issue.
Ukrainian outfit FC Dnipro have also launched a bid and appeared on course to land him, but there has now been late interest from England which could scupper their bid.
"Derek is obviously flattered by the interest in England," his British representative Chris Nathaniel confirmed to skysports.com.
"He knows the interest is strong and we are aware that at least one bid has been made for him."