Wolverhampton Wanderers may be forced to abandon their efforts to sign Max Clayton as Crewe Alexandra are demanding too high a fee.
The 20-year-old forward is out of contract and free to find himself a new employer.
Crewe will, however, be due a fee as part of any deal having nurtured Clayton through their famed academy system.
The package they are looking for is considered to be unreasonable by Wolves, with manager Kenny Jackett revealing that the youngster is now back in limbo after being forced to leave Molineux.
It may be that the issue is revisited, but for now Wolves are reluctant to meet Crewe’s asking price.
Jackett said in the Express and Star: “We’re not willing to sign him and risk a tribunal.
“It seems to have passed at present. We have a certain valuation and Crewe have a certain valuation. We haven’t met that, so he stopped training with us.
“He is a good young player and I think, in six to 18 months, has some real development in him, but right now for us to take someone at that price is not quite right.
“I do like him, but I don’t think he’d come in and replace one of our first team players right now. You have to consider that.
“You value it going forward to see what he could bring. He would be in the squad but I don’t think he would push one of those three or four positions he’d be competing for out of the team.
“I’m not ruling it out in the future, but at the moment he’s not training with us and ourselves and Crewe haven’t agreed a deal.”