Lee -whose father Rob made 16 appearances with the club after spending much of his career at Charlton and Newcastle United – has been scoring goals a plenty in the Development Squad.
But we understand talks over a new deal are deadlocked between the two sides and with the player free agent in the summer could move on.
Lee wants to know that he has a real chance of making progress into the first team and should he remain unconvinced, he looks determined to leave.
It’s a tough situation to manage for Sam Allardyce and the club who continue, like all other outfits to throw money at the academy system.
But like most up and down the country they are not producing the number of youngsters one might expect.
A source told claretandhugh: “There’s been no movement and it’s difficult to see this one being solved. He’s a young man on the up in the game.
“He wants first team football and there can be no certainties of that so it’s a difficult one to sort.”