Fulham boss Chris Coleman has spelt out his reasons for planning for life in the Barclays Premiership without midfielder Steed Malbranque.
The Cottagers are resigned to losing Malbranque, with Newcastle, Middlesbrough and West Ham possible destinations for the French midfielder.
Malbranque has been sent to train in Austria with the youth team as Coleman does not want any disruptive influences hampering the senior squad in Devon.
The player turned down a new contract in May and Fulham are desperate to recoup a transfer fee – around £5million – before he is able to leave on a free next summer.
And Coleman explained: “We paid a lot of money for Steed.
“He’s been a very good servant and a very good player for this club – but we have been good for him as well.
“We’ve looked after him too and I’m disappointed it has come to this because we’ve done everything we can.
“We’ve offered him a new, lucrative deal but it was turned down flat.”
The Welshman added: “We need to find a replacement and Steed won’t be part of our first-team squad.
“I’ve made that clear to him. There’s been no big fall-out – he knows where we are coming from.
“I have to sign a replacement but for the club’s long-term future we can’t let one of our best players walk out of the door for nothing.”