West Brom manager Alan Pardew has set clubs a deadline to get a deal done for Jonny Evans.
Pardew does not want Evans, a target for Manchester City and Arsenal, to go without sufficient time for the money to be spent on bringing in attacking players as the club's season reaches a "critical point".
"It would be inappropriate if I didn't speak to him a little more candidly than I'm talking to you," Pardew told reporters. "We have a good respect for each other, looked each other in the eye and told each other the truth.
"I'll put in a cut off date on any transfer. I would say three or four days before the window closes, depending on the business we have done.
"We might be looking to do some business on the last day, if I feel it works for the club and is not harmful to us."