Leeds United may have to part with almost £1 million to Cameron Stewart, according to The Sun.
It has been claimed by the British tabloid that at a hearing in London on Wednesday the Ipswich Town winger will demand as much as £800,000 in compensation.
Stewart reportedly claims that Leeds failed to fulfil the promise of giving him a lucrative contract last year.
The 24-year-old joined the Whites on an emergency loan from Hull City in January of last year, and had an agreement that he would get a three-year permanent deal in the summer.
However, when Italian entrepreneur Massimo Cellino bought Leeds in April, according to The Sun, he “tore up the deal”.
Stewart, now on loan at Barnsley from Ipswich, is taking the West Yorkshire outfit to court in order to get £800,000, which is the difference between the wages he would have got at Leeds and those he is currently getting at Ipswich.
If Stewart wins the case, then it will be a blow for Leeds, who are not exactly flush with cash.
The former Premier League outfit were stung with a transfer embargo during the January window after breaching the Football League’s financial fair play (FFP) rules, having incurred financial losses of more than the £8m permitted during last season, according to The Guardian.
While the amount of £800,000 is not exactly huge from a footballing perspective, given the current situation at Leeds, they cannot afford to lose money.