The £11 million fee agreed between Fulham and Leeds for Ross McCormack's transfer created national headlines, with many criticising the amount settled on for the Scotsman.
The striker has scored only four goals since his summer move, and recent speculation he could be offered around to Premier League clubs has been denied by Fulham.
A fresh report this Thursday has however suggested Fulham are unlikely to have to pay Leeds the full amount in any case.
The Mail write that: "Some of the fee to Leeds was based on them gaining promotion."
They are vague about the exact amount, but even under five per cent of the fee would be a substantial six-figure sum.
Despite Fulham beating Leeds 1-0 at the weekend, the west London side sit in 14th in the Championship. They are 10 points off the play-offs and 14 off automatic promotion.
In a league as unpredictable as the Championship nothing is insurmountable at this stage, but some bookies offer odds as long as 16/1 on their promotion.
Right now for Leeds, missing out on any financial windfall owed is a blow, no matter how small.
Recent accounts published have them £20 million in debt, landing a transfer embargo from the Football League. To make matters worse, a £23.5 million investment has been shelved until the situation regarding Massimo Cellino's ownership disqualification has been resolved.
Cellino had said originally he wanted to use the funds from McCormack's transfer to go towards buying back Elland Road, and while Fulham gaining promotion was always likely to be a bonus part of the fee, at this point it's hardly looking like cash in the bank.