Gus Poyet is adamant he will not pay 'crazy money' to keep Plymouth Argyle striker Ashley Barnes at Brighton & Hove Albion.
The 20-year-old scored four goals in eight appearances after joining Albion towards the end of March and Poyet would like to sign Barnes on a permanent deal.
However, with Barnes having only another year to run on his Plymouth deal, Poyet insists he will not break the bank to push through a transfer for the forward.
He told The Argus: "We need to wait and see what is going to happen at Plymouth, who is going to be the manager and what they want.
"If they are going to go with crazy money he is going to stay at Plymouth because he has one year left on his contract. He is 20 and in a year's time we can have him for free - six months in fact because on January 1 we can make an offer.
"So, it is up to Plymouth what they want to do with the player. We are working on plenty of things."
Meanwhile, Poyet insists his side should have been awarded the points Hartlepool were deducted for fielding an ineligible player when the two clubs clashed last month.
Pools received the three-point deduction last week for playing Gary Liddle in the 2-0 win over Poyet's side despite the fact that the midfielder should have been suspended and the Uruguayan believes the Seagulls should have been given the points.
"Had it happened in Spain, Italy or France or any other league in the world we would have automatically awarded the game either 2-0 or 3-0 - with no need for a decision from the league," he told the Northern Echo.
"Here in England we have to wait for a decision. Then when that decision comes it is one which leaves the game in this country open to ridicule.
"In my opinion it's totally wrong. The points mean nothing to us, we are safe, we can not be promoted, we don't need the points."