Aberdeen manager Jimmy Calderwood has confirmed the club will not be able to keep on-loan midfielder Ferne Snoyl if Feyenoord demand a fee for the player.
Snoyl has been in excellent form since moving to Pittodrie in January and Calderwood would like to keep him beyond the end of the season, but that depends on the financial package involved.
Feyenoord have released a number of unwanted stars lately and Calderwood remains hopeful the same will be the case for Snoyl so the two parties can meet in a bid to thrash out a deal.
"If Feyenoord demand a fee for Ferne then the game's a bogey as far as we are concerned because there is no way we could afford to pay one," said Calderwood in the Daily Record.
"That would be a major disappointment because the kid has done well and he is dying to stay at Aberdeen because he loves it here.
"But we all know the financial situation and I am waiting for a phone call from his agent later this week to discuss his future.
"Feyenoord have given a lot of their unwanted players free transfers although they have still to decide about Ferne.
"He still has a year to go on his contract at Feyenoord and, to some extent, the situation is out of our hands.
"I've just learned what his wages are in Holland and it would be impossible for us to match them even if we did get him for nothing.
"That means we will have to see how much he likes it at Aberdeen as he would need to take a big cut to stay."