Notts County manager Paul Ince has criticised Derby County's pursuit of Ben Davies after branding their bid for the midfielder as 'derisory'.
Derby manager Nigel Clough is stepping up his bid to sign Davies and hopes to capture his long-term target during the January transfer window.
The Championship club saw a £250,000 offer for Davies rejected last week and Ince wants Derby to make a fair bid or drop their interest.
"They have made a bid, but you can't call it a bid," said Ince in the Nottingham Evening Post. "They need to go away and come back with something decent.
"Derby have to do one of two things. They have to come up with the money the chairman (Ray Trew) is happy with, or leave us alone and let us get on with our season.
"I spoke to Cloughie and I told him unless you are going to come up with what the chairman wants, there is no point making an offer.
"I told him to go to his chairman and tell him the situation and then they came back with a derisory offer.
"They haven't got any respect. They think because we're a lower club they can do what they want."
Meanwhile, Davies admits he is in a quandary over whether to stay at Meadow Lane or explore the chance to play at a higher level.
Davies said: "I'm a Notts County player at the minute and while I am I will keep my head down and keep giving everything I can.
"I don't really know what's going on behind the scenes, but maybe I'll know more in the next 24 hours. It's in the hands of Ray, Jim and the gaffer I suppose.
"It's a tough one. I love it here, and I'm very happy. It's the happiest I have ever been at a club.
"At the same time, every footballer wants to better themselves, and play at a higher level. If you get a chance to go higher in any walk of life it does turn your head. But like I said I love it at Notts, I'm happy here."