Derby are hopeful of completing the signing of Steve Davies without the need for a tribunal.
The 20-year-old winger is out of contract at Tranmere this summer and can choose to walk away from the club as a free agent.
However, as he is under 24, any club securing his signature will be forced to pay compensation to Rovers.
These matters tend to go before a tribunal in order to set an appropriate fee, but Derby's executive chairman Adam Pearson is confident that the Rams can agree a settlement with Ronnie Moore's side.
"Steve Davies is a player we have made an offer for to Tranmere," Pearson told the Derby Evening Telegraph.
"We would like to bring him to Pride Park. He is on a Bosman but he's also under 24 so it would go to tribunal if we don't come to an agreement.
"If it means going to a tribunal then, yes, the answer is, we probably would be just as happy for it to go to tribunal to secure him."