Derby County's administrators must pay management and players this week or see their points deduction go to least 24 points.
The Rams already have a three-point suspended punishment for late payments last season, says The Sun.
And that could kick in if funds are not found for this month's pay.
That would go on top of the 12 points being deducted for going into administration.
And further Financial Fair Play charges are likely to increase that total by at least another nine.
The Championship outfit are about to appoint a well-known administration firm with experience of struggling football clubs.
And insiders reveal they are confident of finding a buyer.
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