Fulham FC have been told to come back with £5m up front if they want Fabian Delph before the transfer window closes on Monday.
The Whites have confirmed they're interested in the exciting Leeds United midfielder - who they see as the ideal replacement for Jimmy Bullard.
As soon as the fans' favourite departed for Hull on Friday, Fulham wasted no time in stepping up their interest for 19-year-old Delph, who has already has an England U21 cap to his name.
But Leeds want a massive wad of cash dumped on chairman Ken Bates' desk over the next five days. On top, they want an add-on deal that could see Delph cost as much as £7m Ð depending on results and appearances.
As it stands, Fulham will keep monitoring the box-to-box Bradford-born player of French parents and may come back with an offer in the summer.
A Leeds source said that for once a club that financially imploded between 2001 and the beginning of last season didn't need urgent cash.
The source said: "I can't see Fabian going - although I know Fulham are keen on him.
"Ironically, the sale of David Healy to Fulham last year helped ease the money worries, and although attendances are down on last season, Leeds also turned in a tidy operating profit for 2007-08.
"But if Fulham do come back for Fab, Bates could always buy back the training ground early and justify the sale to fans that way."