Two of three Apple directors who may have been involved in investigating previous grants of backdated stock options at the company may also face their own options problems.

The Wall Street Journal yesterday claimed that directors, former MicroWarehouse CEO Jerome York and Google CEO Eric Schmidt may face similar challenges.

Schmidt was CEO of another company presently involved in such investigations, when he ran Novell between 1997 and 2001.

Former US vice president Al Gore is the third director involved in the investigation, but has no connection with such matters.

Apple did not confirm the Wall Street Journal's claims.