Swindon Town want more money for Rotherham United target Massimo Luongo because they would have to hand part of any transfer fee to Tottenham Hotspur.
Town signed the Australian international for £400,000 from Spurs last year in a deal which included a sell-on clause.
They said yesterday they had turned down a £600,000 offer from the Millers for the 21-year-old’s services.
Town chairman Lee Power described the bid as “a long way short” of their valuation of the midfield man who scored six league goals last season.
“He is a very important player,” Power added.
There was no comment from the Millers.
Sydney-born Luongo, who has one full cap, was part of the Socceroos’ 2014 World Cup squad in Brazil.
Luongo scored for Swindon at New York Stadium in a 4-0 win in October.
After signing for Spurs in 2011, he joined Ipswich Town on loan for the 2012/13 season only for new Ipswich boss to end the arrangement in November.
He made just one first-team appearance for Spurs - in a League Cup loss against Stoke as a subtitute, when he missed a penalty in a shoot-out - and played 11 times for Ipswich.
Swindon paid £400,000 for Luongo at the beginning of September last year after he impressed on loan and he went on to make 44 league appearances.
He has two years left on his deal at the County ground.
Meanwhile, the Millers have been selected for live coverage on Sky TV in October.
They will play Leeds United on Friday October 17 (kick-off 7.45pm) at New York Stadium in front of the cameras.
The match had originally been scheduled for Saturday October 18.
Another game which has seen an alteration is Rotherham’s match at Reading on November 4.
It will now kick off at 8pm, not 7.45.