NEC Nijmegen have indicated that they are open to the possibility of selling Leeds United target Anthony Limbombe but insist they will not be forced into a cut-price deal.
The Dutch club moved to address Limbombe’s situation over the weekend after leaving him out of a league game against Ajax amid intense speculation about a move to Elland Road.
NEC accused the Belgian winger of being “insufficiently focused” ahead of the match as talks between Nijmegen and Leeds about Limbombe continued.
United bid £1.5m for him at the start of this month but are yet to increase their offer.
However, they remain interested in the former Racing Genk player who scored 14 times as NEC cruised to the Dutch second division title last season.
NEC director Bart van Ingen told Omroep Gelderland: “Anthony is an employee at the club and we have reminded him of his responsibilities. We are in discussions and we are not looking for conflict.
“There is no concrete offer. If we can get capital which we can reinvest then we do that. If it’s not at the level we want, he continues to play.”