Peterborough chairman says Leeds United must demand fortunes for their top players.
Leeds United are hoping to use the transfer window to strengthen, but the month is shaping up as a hugely challenging one for another reason.
The club's impressive academy stars have been linked with moves away from the club, with Sam Byram most likely to go as his contract is set to expire in June. The Mirror report four Premier League clubs are interested in his signature.
The Mirror also reported over the weekend that Bournemouth are pushing to sign Lewis Cook.
Both players have been linked with moves at under £10 million, while Alex Mowatt and Charlie Taylor's performances will also have them both on the radar of Premier League sides too.
Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony says if he was in charge at Leeds he would only sell at a very high price.
During a Twitter question and answer session he responded to a couple of Leeds United fans who asked how he would handle the interest, and the Sam Byram situation.
@DMAC102 as a chairman what would you do with the Byram situation at Leeds? Surely deserves improved contract? Or cash in?— Peter Powell (@PPLUFC) January 4, 2016
Sell him too highest bidder in Jan if wont sign new contract. What a player. https://t.co/qr2PVcU0AF— Darragh MacAnthony (@DMAC102) January 4, 2016
His responses show how in the case of Cook, Mowatt, and Taylor, Leeds United hold all the cards, while regarding Byram they do not.
Under another owner perhaps, Sam Byram may have been convinced to sign a new deal, with Massimo Cellino's handling of his renewal questionable, but the player could still sign a short term extension to remain at the club.
In fairness to Cellino, when it came to cashing in on Ross McCormack 18 months ago he really did demand fortunes, and got them from Fulham - how much he can get for Byram on his expiring deal is another matter.