By Stephen Mcgowan For The Scottish Daily Mail
Published: 00:05 GMT, 3 December 2019 | Updated: 00:05 GMT, 3 December 2019
Barnsley have written to Hearts demanding money for the appointment of Daniel Stendel.
The German is poised to put pen to paper on a deal to succeed Craig Levein. And Tynecastle owner Ann Budge hopes to have the 45-year-old signed and sealed before Wednesday night's home league clash with Livingston.
Despite being relieved of his duties in October, however, Stendel is still on the payroll of the Championship club.
Barnsley have written to Hearts demanding money for the appointment of Daniel Stendel
And with the two parties yet to agree a final severance package, Barnsley chief executive Paul Conway has contacted Hearts seeking compensation in return for releasing Stendel.
'We still have a valid contract with Daniel Stendel until the end of the season,' Conway told Sportsmail on Monday. 'There is already a tampering issue with us concerning his existing contract.
'And if anybody else is tampering with our rights, we are going to expect compensation.' Conway admitted Hearts have yet to respond - but insisted that he will take legal action to pursue the matter if necessary.
'Hearts have our letter and we have notified them and, if they want to hire Daniel, that's