Burton Albion face a battle to keep hold of star striker Shaun Harrad after talks over a new contract stalled.
The 25-year-old, who has scored 72 goals for the Brewers since joining from Notts County in 2005, will be able to leave on a free transfer next summer if new terms can not be agreed.
However, Brewers boss Paul Peschisolido has insisted that he has not given up hope of thrashing out a new deal for Harrad.
"We aren't close at all with Shaun to agreeing new terms, which is still a concern to me because you don't want to lose your better players," Peschisolido told skysports.com.
"It has come to an almost complete stalemate though and he just wants to concentrate on playing at the moment.
"He has got himself an agent that is talking to us about a new contract, but negotiations seem to have completely stalled now, so we will have to see what happens in the near future.
"We are doing our best to keep him here, but at the moment we are poles apart in terms of negotiations.
"I haven't had any enquiries yet for Shaun though and as long as that remains the case then he will remain here."
The highly-rated striker has had to make do with a place on the bench in the last month, with in-form loan star James Collins keeping him out of the starting line-up and Peschisolido is hoping his spell on the sidelines will bring the best out of him when he is called upon.
He added: "I'm sure Shaun will be chomping at the bit having to start on the bench in recent weeks, but we have gone with a slightly different formation during that time and James Collins is in a rich vein of form himself with five goals in eight starts.
"So, he has kept Shaun on the bench because you can't drop a player who is on form in front of goal."