Coventry's plans to bring Livingston defender James McPake to the club in January look set to be scuppered by their reluctance to meet the Scottish First Division side's demands.
The Sky Blues have already sealed a pre-contract agreement with the 23-year-old, with that deal set to go through in the summer. However, following injuries to key defenders, Coventry were hoping to bring McPake to the Ricoh Arena in the new year for a nominal fee.
"We have been talking to Livingston but they are asking for an unrealistic fee," said City chairman Ray Ranson.
"At the moment all they can see is pound signs from south of the border. But we are not going to go back to the bad old days and will do things in our own way, sticking to our plan, particularly in today's economic climate.
"We have already signed the boy on a three-year deal and he wants to come. It's a bit like owning a house and not being able to live in it."
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