Ross County midfielder Richard Brittain has stunned St Johnstone by asking for a pre-contract agreement to be ripped up.
The 29-year-old agreed a deal with the Saints in January, with a summer switch put in place.
He has, however, had a change of heart and expressed a desire to remain with County.
Brittain is now facing up to an uncertain future, with Ross County happy for him to stay on, but unwilling to stump up the £200,000 St Johnstone are set to demand for his services.
County boss Derek Adams said in the Daily Record: "I've known for a wee while now what the situation is.
"I can't really say anything else because it is in Richard's and St Johnstone's hands.
"Richard previously stated he wanted to move to St Johnstone and I believe he is in discussions with them now.
"Sometimes you feel you've made a mistake and you want to move out of that situation.
"I've obviously read comments but we will not pay any money to St Johnstone if anything was to happen."
With County making their stance over a possible fee clear, Saints manager Steve Lomas believes Brittain will be left with no choice but to honour the contract he signed in the New Year.
He said: "As far as I'm concerned, Richard has signed a pre-contract with us and will come to St Johnstone.
"We've lodged the papers and done everything by the book."