Dell Inc., the personal computer maker facing mounting shareholder resistance to a proposed $24.4 billion leveraged buyout, will allow billionaire Carl Icahn review its books as he pushes alternatives to the deal.

Icahn, who has amassed a stake in Dell and is urging the company to pay a special dividend of $9 a share, said in a statement today that he signed a confidentiality agreement with Dell to examine information, without providing additional detail. Representatives for Icahn and Round Rock, Texas-based Dell couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

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