West Brom boss Tony Pulis has said the club may walk away from talks with Leeds United defender Charlie Taylor if the row over his transfer fee goes to a tribunal.
Taylor, 23, is expected to leave Elland Road, with his contract set to expire this summer. The chances of an amicable exit now appear slim, with Leeds boss Garry Monk recently revealing the youngster refused to play in the final game of the 2016-17 Championship campaign at Wigan Athletic last weekend.
The Baggies are keen to offer him a route into the Premier League but – due to Taylor's age – the club will be forced to pay a figure set out by a tribunal if they are unable to agree a fee with the Championship club.
However, Pulis is wary of the club being stuck with an excessive bill later down the line. He told a press conference ahead of Tuesday's Premier League clash with Manchester City: "We wanted to find out what the price was to see if we would be interested. If it is going to go to a tribunal, we don't know what the price is and I think that takes us out of the game.
"You could go to a tribunal and they could put an extraordinary amount of money on it and you're stuck with it. It's a risk that, at this moment, is not work taking."
Pulis has previously insisted the club would rather settle on a transfer fee with Leeds for Taylor. The West Brom boss said last week: "He's been on our radar for a bit but it could go to a tribunal between the two clubs. Our club would rather try to sort out a deal with Leeds if we're going to do it than go to a tribunal. There's still a lot of air in that bag before anything's achieved."