Derby County are close to agreeing a points deduction with the EFL for breaching financial fair play rules.
Should a final agreement be reached it will see a reduced penalty from that which would otherwise have been enforced, but a reported nine-point deduction would immediately confine them to the bottom of the second tier on minus-two points.
Rule 85 in the EFL regulations allows a club to accept a reduced punishment so as to avoid the time and cost of the case being heard by a future formal disciplinary commission.
Reports on Wednesday night claimed a further three-point suspension will be suspended pending future compliance.
The EFL released a statement on Thursday to confirm discussions are still ongoing over the potential points deduction and "no decision has yet been reached".
It was under Rule 85 in July Derby accepted a suspended three-point deduction for failing to pay their players last December.
The club are already operating under a strict transfer embargo, which limited their hunt for new players in the summer to free transfers and loans on maximum six-month contracts.