West Brom manager Alan Pardew has set clubs a deadline to get a deal done for Jonny Evans.
Pardew does not want Evans, a target for Manchester City and Arsenal, to go without sufficient time for the money to be spent on bringing in attacking players as the club's season reaches a "critical point".
"It would be inappropriate if I didn't speak to him a little more candidly than I'm talking to you," Pardew told reporters. "We have a good respect for each other, looked each other in the eye and told each other the truth.
"It's not the case he is definitely going. This situation was running in the summer and he stayed. Yohan Cabaye was definitely, definitely going to Arsenal when I was at Newcastle. But he didn't go.
"I'll put in a cut off date on any transfer. I would say three or four days before the window closes, depending on the business we have done.
"We might be looking to do some business on the last day, if I feel it works for the club and is not harmful to us."