Brighton manager Gus Poyet has told striker Glenn Murray his future lies in his own hands.
The 27-year-old is out of contract in the summer and has rattled in 22 goals to date in League One as the Seagulls have clinched the title.
Murray, though, is yet to sign a new deal at the club despite their persistence, which has led to growing rumours he will leave for a Championship club in the summer.
Poyet, however, is adamant the club have offered Murray the best contract possible and it is now up to the striker to decide where he wants to play next season.
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"We have made the best offer we can to Glenn so now it is in his hands," he told the club's official website.
"I can see the negotiations will go right down to the wire. We were in a situation where we had the fifth biggest budget in League One; we are going to another level so will increase the budget.
"But we are going to be in the middle [or even worse] in terms of budget, depending on which teams are relegated from the Premier League.
"Our level of payments will be less than the top 10 or 12 teams in the Championship so a player like Glenn, who has scored 22 goals, will get some better offers. I cannot control that."
Murray and the club have been deadlocked in talks over the last few months as Poyet tries to retain the services of a marksman that he feels will score at a higher level.
Yet, he has warned the sought-after striker that he will not go outside the club's budget to offer him a better package than has already been put on the table.
"It's not like I can go and offer him what every other team is offering and that is something we have explained," he added.
"We have tried to sort something out but we have a limit and we have to work within the resources of that limit."