Manager Gary Johnson has confirmed Torquay United will go to a tribunal if necessary to push for maximum ‘compensation’ for winger Kalvin Lumbombo Kalala.

Kalala and leading scorer Jamie Reid, 25, both turned down new deals at Plainmoor but the Gulls will receive nothing for Reid because he is a ‘free transfer’ over the 24 years cut-off point.

Crowd-pleasing Frenchman Kalala is 22, and he also hopes to sign for a Football League (EFL) club after scoring 13 goals in 78 appearances over nearly two years at United.

“We have put a lot of work into Kalvin and, wherever he goes, we will absolutely be demanding compensation for him,” said Johnson, who has considerable experience of transfer tribunals.

“We are very aware of the rules, which say you have to offer a (U24) player at least what they were on before. We did that with Kalvin.

“Nothing would please us more than for Kalvin to go to a top club, because there would be potential ‘add-on’ clauses there.”

Kalala had a trial last season with Championship side Fulham, and Johnson said: “They saw what he’s undoubtedly got and what he needs to improve on.

“Fulham didn’t pursue it at the time, and we’ve had no conversations either with his agent or any prospective club recently.

“You would have thought that their first port of call would be us, to ask what compensation figure we might ask for, because it can be a stumbling block.”

Johnson plans to add at least four new players, plus loans, to an existing squad of 13 before next season.

He added: “We are looking at players who are already out of contract, others at EFL clubs who run to June 30 and we still don’t know things like when our next season will start.

“But we do not intend to leave things until the last minute.”