Colchester United manager Geraint Williams has warned suitors of utility man Greg Halford that it will take a big club to afford their valuation of the player.
The 21-year-old is keen to continue his career away from Layer Road after handing in a transfer request on Tuesday.
Halford came through Colchester's youth system and Williams believes it is only right that the club receive a suitable fee for their work with the player.
"Greg's an ambitious player and he feels it's time to move on to the next level," said Williams.
"It's up to those clubs interested in Greg to meet the valuation that is appropriate, and it is only the big clubs who will be available to afford that fee.
"A lot of people have worked hard to bring Greg through the youth system at Colchester and he has a lot of potential. It is only right that we should be compensated for that."
Meanwhile, Williams insists there is no ill feeling towards Halford after his decision to leave the club.
"Greg came in for a little chat and there's no animosity on either side," he added.
"He gave 100 percent against MK Dons and as long as he continues to do that then we won't fall out."