Stoke director of football John Rudge has vented his fury following a tribunal over the sale of striker Martin Paterson to Championship rivals Scunthorpe United.
The verdict stated that the Iron must pay an initial £275,000 for the front-man with £30,000 to be paid after 15, 30, 45, 60 and 75 games - along with a 20% sell-on clause.
Paterson has made 21 appearances since joining the Iron in the summer - after rejecting a contract at the Britannia Stadium.
This takes the fee up to £305,000, however Rudge feels the verdict falls well short of the club's valuation for the player.
"We are very disappointed with the verdict, as we feel it falls well short of our valuation of him," said Rudge.
"This season he is one of the top scorers in the Championship, so to receive the verdict we have is very disappointing."