SHEFFIELD United could be forced to wait up to a month before signing Darryl Westlake, Walsall warned last night.
The 21-year-old and his representatives opened talks with United on Thursday evening after being approached about the possibility of a move to Bramall Lane.
Although Westlake’s contract at the Banks’s Stadium has now expired, Walsall are entitled to compensation because they offered the defender a new deal.
Negotiations between the two clubs could be concluded as early as this afternoon.
However, sources in the Midlands have indicated that United’s League One rivals will not be pressurised into accepting a cut-price fee, despite the risk of receiving significantly less than Danny Wilson’s side are believed to have already offered should the matter be referred to a tribunal.
“They (Walsall) aren’t in any great hurry to get the situation resolved,” said one.
“They accept that Darryl almost certainly isn’t going to be coming back but their only concern is getting as much money as they possibly can for him.
“Which, in fairness, is completely understandable.”
With Matthew Lowton being lured to Aston Villa following their defeat in May’s play-off final, a right-back is one of Wilson’s top priorities in the transfer market.
Striker John Cofie became the former Northern Ireland international’s first acqusition of what promises to be a busy summer when his loan from Manchester United was processed on Friday.
Westlake made his senior debut for Walsall against Southend in 2009.