With major league baseball owners poised to meet early next month, a source close to A's owner Lew Wolff says he is "very confident" the league is close to clearing the way for his team to move to the South Bay.

The latest wave of enthusiasm came Saturday after yet another unconfirmed report surfaced on Twitter that the league will grant the A's permission to move to San Jose in February.

However, Major League Baseball sources told this newspaper that "nothing has changed. No decision has been made."

Since March 2009, a special MLB committee has been reviewing the A's request to move across the bay into territory long claimed by the San Francisco Giants, who are balking at the move.

But city leaders in San Jose confirmed Saturday that they have been hearing rumblings the league is moving toward a decision.

"All I know is that Lew is optimistic," said Mayor Chuck Reed, who spoke to Wolff last week.

Another source close to Wolff said Saturday that Wolff "is very confident that the A's (deal) was going to happen." The source said that confidence is based on "communication between Wolff and (MLB commissioner Bud) Selig, which is very frequent."

Wolff could not be reached for comment, and A's spokesman Bob Rose said the team continues to wait for Major League Baseball's report on the A's stadium situation and would have no further comment until then.

Team owners are expected to discuss the A's move at a meeting Jan. 11 to 12 in Scottsdale, Ariz. A move to San Jose would have to be approved by three-quarters of the owners. But sources say they may not end up voting until a settlement with the Giants can be negotiated.

The A's want to build a new stadium on land the team would buy from the city of San Jose next to the downtown Diridon Station.

A's general manager Billy Beane declined to comment on the Twitter report that the A's will receive permission by February to move to San Jose.

USA Today's Bob Nightengale tweeted Saturday morning: "All signs and top MLB sources say that the Athletics will be granted permission by Feb to move to San Jose."

Beane said he was unaware of any such news when reached by phone Saturday and didn't want to comment further.

Selig appointed a committee to research the A's stadium options almost three years ago, but there has been no public revelation of those findings. But Beane has expressed optimism this winter that a decision will come soon.

Beane's reasoning for his optimism has remained vague, but he did say on a media teleconference Friday night: "We just keep hearing (a decision will come) soon. Any other information I have I'd probably rather keep to myself."

Oakland officials discounted the latest Twitter report as "just rumors," said Susan Piper, a spokeswoman for the city's mayor. Earlier this month, Mayor Jean Quan held a news conference to make one more pitch for Oakland's stadium plan to keep the A's in town.

The city is touting a pair of sites to build a ballpark for the A's on city-owned land -- one at Victory Court along the waterfront, and the other as part of a proposed Coliseum City that would include stadiums for the A's, football Raiders and basketball Warriors, along with a retail and entertainment development, and a convention center.

"We have two very strong options," Piper said.

Staff writer Chris De Benedetti contributed to this report. Contact Joe Stiglich at jstiglich@bayareanewsgroup.com or Tracy Seipel at tseipel@mercurynews.com.