Leeds signed Liam Bridcutt to just a two-year deal last year, and now Nottingham Forest want to take advantage.
While Bridcutt has not featured as a starter yet in the league this season, he is a talented enough player that first team chances will sooner or later come his way.
Except his expiring contract puts Leeds under pressure and could press them into a snap decision to sell up.
Despite only signing permanently last summer, Bridcutt's deal expires next June.
It is an example of the short sighted planning undertaken by former owner Massimo Cellino, to offer Bridcutt just a two-year deal when he signed.
New owner Andrea Radrizzani has conducted his business in a different manner, offering new signings four year deals and even tying down young talent Ronaldo Vieira to a contract of the same length.
If Bridcutt had been signed to a four year deal at the time, Leeds could take a relaxed view of the situation and let it play out by simply challenging him to compete and make Thomas Christiansen's first team.
As it stands Leeds could have to decide to sell up either now or in January or risk losing the midfielder on a free transfer next summer.
In one way Leeds are fortunate that their midfield options have overtaken Bridcutt in the first team pecking order.
If he was still regarded as a must pick, undisputed first choice, the decision to offer just a two year deal at the time would look even worse.