West Brom boss Tony Pulis says the club will abandon their attempts to sign Charlie Taylor if they fail to reach a deal with Leeds.
Taylor can move on a free transfer but because he is under the age of 24 any club who signs him will have to pay Leeds a compensation fee related to his development.
Liverpool were ordered to pay Burnley £6.5m rising to a potential £8m after they took Danny Ings on a free transfer in the summer of 2015 and the Baggies want to negotiate a fee to avoid the possibility of an unexpected bill down the line.
Pulis said: “We wanted to find out what the price was to see if we’d be interested. If it’s going to go to tribunal, we don’t know what the price is and I think that takes us out of the game. You could go to 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 worth taking.