Steve Cotterill is urging Portsmouth midfielder Michael Brown to take a pay cut and remain at Fratton Park.
Former Tottenham midfielder Brown will trigger a clause in his contract that will mean he has to be offered a new pay deal based on the £34,000 a week he earned when the club were in the Premier League if he plays one more game for Pompey.
But Cotterill has opened talks with the 33-year-old, who helped his side produce a second-half comeback to secure a 1-1 draw at home to Millwall on Sunday, in a bid to persuade him to stay with the Championship club on a lower wage ahead of their trip to Leeds on Tuesday night.
"I am going back to see him now," Cotterill told the Daily Mail after the Boxing Day clash.
"I want him to play at Leeds. But to take a drop in pay is a big livelihood decision.
"I can't make him do anything like that. He has got to want to do it."
Cotterill is also aware that midfielder Richard Hughes will trigger a similar contract clause if he steps in for Brown at Elland Road.
"It's not the worst position I have been in since I came here," added Cotterill.
"That was in August when I was looking for players. But it's pretty bad."