Relegated Fulham are refusing to consider a pay-off to wantaway manager Scott Parker.
The Sun says Parker is trying to negotiate his way out of the club to join Championship rivals Bournemouth.
And with two years left on his deal at Craven Cottage he could expect a hefty pay-off in excess of £2million if he left by mutual consent.
But Fulham's top brass are playing hardball and insist Parker will have to resign or just leave without pocketing any cash.
It is why the inevitable parting of the ways has been dragging on for more than two weeks now since it was revealed Parker is top of Bournemouth's wanted list to take over as boss.
Current Cherries coach Jonathan Woodgate's temporary contract expires at the end of this month and failure to get the club promoted will cost him the chance of a permanent deal.